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Couples can reap benefits of mediation years later

The benefits of divorce mediation are plentiful: increased control over the proceedings, a higher level of privacy than would be found in a courtroom and a win-win mentality guiding the outcome.

In states like Texas, where mediation is an alternative to a traditionally contentious legal process, its positive effects can even come into play years later if a divorced couple decides to remarry. While remarriages between formerly divorced individuals are relatively uncommon, in today's era of rapidly shifting family dynamics, these types of unions can and do occur.

An inspiring example recently made headlines out of Buffalo, New York: A man and woman, both 85, are set to wed each other a second time after being divorced for almost half a century.

Following 20 years of marriage, the couple sought a divorce in 1964. The husband admitted he was likely too young for a committed relationship when they first wed, while the wife realized she was more focused on children and family than her partner. Both understanding that their differences were irreconcilable at the time, they formally split and even moved far away from each other.

With four children between them, though, they knew they had to keep things amicable for the sake of those closest to them. They remained friendly with one another, although he eventually remarried and she later had another child. The pair eventually reconnected after one of their children suggested their father move closer to the rest of the family.

The former spouses began chatting more regularly on the phone, and rekindled a spark that eventually led to a marriage proposal. The duo will wed in early August. Couples considering a divorce in today's day and age have plenty of options for how they want to dissolve their marriage. Thankfully, mediation is one of them if you're a Texas resident.

Source: ABC News, "Buffalo couple, 85, to remarry 48 years after divorce," Candace Smith, July 31, 2012

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