Lavin & Parisi, Attorneys at Law

Get ready for mediation, but remember that a trial might occur

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The stress of divorce can easily overcome you if you don't proactively take steps to reduce it. Finding ways that will help can be challenging because there is such a wide range of triggers that might set off your emotions. We can help you with the preparation so that you feel better able to handle the process.

People who are going through a divorce should learn all they can about the process so they can prepare for what's to come. Many people will use mediation to come to the terms of the divorce. This process is often a faster and less costly resolution method; however, you might find that it is rather tense since you work directly with your ex.

When you use mediation, the neutral third-party mediator will work to keep the negotiations on track. If you and your ex can't get along, the mediator will alternately speak to both parties to arrive at the settlement terms. It is a good idea to think about what resolutions you are willing to accept before you ever go into the meetings.

There are times when mediation fails, so you should always keep the thought of a trial in mind as you try to work things out. During a trial, the judge will decide who is going to get what, as well as working out any other details that remain unresolved.

Throughout this process, you need to ensure that your rights are protected. We can help you to do this, as well as working with you to find solutions to issues that might require creative solutions.

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