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Once you decide to divorce, you need to turn your attention to the future. This means many things, such as determining if mediation would be in your best interest.

As long as both individuals agree to try divorce mediation, you're in position to move forward.

While it's good that you are avoiding litigation, as this helps you save both time and money, there is no guarantee of success. This is why you want to spend as much time as possible learning more about the process and making informed decisions.

Here are some of the many goals to think about before starting divorce mediation:

-- Create an equitable agreement. If you go into divorce mediation with the idea that you're going to "win," there's a good chance you'll eventually end up in court. You want to feel good about the way things play out, and this means creating a mutually acceptable agreement.

-- Avoid the expense and time of litigation. When you work through you divorce in court, it's going to cost you a lot of time and money. While mediation takes both time and money as well, it won't be nearly as costly or time-consuming.

-- To avoid more hostility. Most people who decide to move forward with divorce already have some hostility toward each other. This is only natural. Since you don't want this to grow, especially if you have children together, it's a good idea to consider mediation. This can help prevent bad feelings from growing.

Along with the above, your primary goal should be to work through divorce mediation in a professional and respectful manner. There will be times when you are frustrated, but there's nothing you can't work through if you put your mind to it.

A big part of divorce mediation success is getting into the right frame of mind up front. When you know what to expect and the steps to take, it's easier to be comfortable with what's to come.

Divorce mediation will never be the right choice for every couple, but it's always something to consider.


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