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Mediation

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Mediation is the most common dispute resolution option; however, it is often misunderstood. Mediation allows you and your spouse to reach a fair settlement with the help of a third, neutral party called a mediator. Mediators, who can be lawyers, mental health professionals, clergy, or other professionals trained in alternative dispute resolution techniques, help you and your spouse identify and resolve issues. Basically, mediation is similar to sitting down to negotiate with the help of a referee.
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Lawyer-Led Negotiation

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The question of whether you need an attorney to handle your divorce is one that was not commonly asked a couple of decades ago. But times have changed, and today it is not uncommon for people to get divorced without any assistance from an attorney. Others are using attorneys in new ways, as the availability of alternative and complementary services increases. Law firms are restructuring in order to meet client needs, and many offer one-stop shopping, including financial planning, (more...)

Arbitration

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Arbitration is yet another alternative dispute resolution option that involves a third party called an arbitrator. Basically, arbitration is a private trial in which the parties have hired their own “judge,” and have agreed to abide by that person’s ruling. Arbitrators, unlike mediators, are professionals trained to hear testimony, take evidence, and issue actual decisions for the couple. These experts are often attorneys and/or retired judges.
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Litigation

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In our experience, most clients, even those who initially come into our office determined to wreak havoc in the ex’s life, ultimately settle down and come to recognize that settling the case is far preferable to a living through a trial. But some clients have to take a long, hard look at themselves and their situation before they reach that acceptance of this change in their lives. A certain amount of clarity and level-headedness will go a (more...)

Finalizing Your Divorce: The Final Steps

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The final, and sometimes incidental, piece of the process is the divorce itself. The ultimate goal of all of this legal wrangling is to get a legal change made to your marital status—this legal change must be documented in a divorce decree, signed by a judge, and filed with the court system. Just like a marriage license or birth certificate, this is recorded with the state, thus making you an officially divorced person.
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Life after Divorce

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When the Fight Continues
For many of our clients, receipt of the divorce decree closes the door on an unpleasant chapter in their lives. But for many others, the disputes and disagreements continue for years to come. If there are children involved, particularly, you need to recognize that you will, of necessity, be involved in some sort of relationship with your ex for the foreseeable future. With that involvement can come the potential for prolonged conflict, or the potential (more...)

Jul 11, Mind-numbingly bored with life? Tips, advice and free downloads

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Utterly bored (and perhaps depressed) with life? Discover why and how easy it is to change it.

Jul 17, How to deal with toxic shame. Expert advice, tips and free downloads

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What is toxic shame and effective way with actionable steps to overcome those deep-rooted feelings.

Jul 17, Get over someone you love. Expert advice, video, free worksheet, article PDF

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I'll show you how to get over someone you love fast. Plus if it's possible to ever really forget him or her.

Aug 3, Free love advice: relationship secrets. Tips, advice, worksheet, video

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Free love advice to help you build a happy and lasting relationship, being the best partner you can be.