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Even already-amicable divorces can benefit from mediation

When the option of divorce mediation is brought up in many conversations, it is frequently assumed that only combative couples can benefit from the deliberately neutral focus of mediation. However, even couples whose divorce plans are amicable from the get-go can take advantage of divorce mediation in Texas.

Mediation's ability to benefit all types of couples hinges upon its usage of mutual ground and negotiation tactics to resolve disputes between a couple. Instead of heading right into court to try and battle it out, couples enter into an environment in which productive decision making is supported and encouraged. Although mediation can certainly help couples reach agreement on issues they argued about before, it is actually most appropriate for spouses who already agree on key family and financial issues.

For example, if two divorcing spouses agree that spousal maintenance is both fair and necessary, divorce mediation can help them sort out the details and understand any future implications for their family. In Texas, mediation can also help parties with child support, property division, child custody, visitation and parenting plans. For couples who may agree completely on some issues and differ markedly on others, mediation can help them understand how different divorce-related issues can impact each other in the long run.

Alternative dispute resolution can also help parties to a divorce maintain a civil relationship post-split. Especially if children are involved, but even if they're not, relationships after divorce are extremely significant. Spouses may want to maintain contact with their ex's family, or they may work together in the same industry or location. If spouses have children together, it is critical for their post-divorce relationship to be a stable one, and mediation professionals can use common ground to help make that happen.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Using mediation to keep your cool during divorce and beyond," Silvana D. Raso, Aug. 27, 2013

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