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11 Tips for Preparing for Mediation

While mediations have the potential to save a lot of time, money and stress, people seem to hate to prepare for them. As a participant or mediator, I have seen countless mediations that are hindered by a lack of preparation.

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Misconception: We Can't Get Along Well Enough to Negotiate

Sometimes people are so mad at each other, they don't even want to talk or be in the same room. Or, in some cases, one party is scared of the other. That can create problems, but it's a problem that can be reduced to the point that the parties can effectively meet and talk. Here are three points to remember if you are in that situation.

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Misconception: If We Could Come to Agreement, We Would Have Already Done So

A common misconception in divorcing couples is thinking, "if agreements were possible, we would have already settled the case". Actually, with Collaborative Divorce or even mediation, people learn that even difficult issues can be resolved with some effort. Here are three reasons why that is the case.

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Starting Over After 50

Lately, it seems like a lot of people over 50 years old are getting divorced. Partly, it may be because there are a lot of Baby Boomers who are in relationships. People are living longer and are in relationships longer.

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What's the Quickest Way to Get a Divorce?

For a quick divorce, I suggest three things that are actually interrelated. They all play out after the initial 60-day waiting period is up.

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Preparing for Divorce

Are you considering whether to file for divorce? Sometimes, it takes a while to decide to make a life-altering decision. If you find yourself in that position and are trying to decide what to do, you can take some preliminary steps that are still reversible.

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Tips for A Tough Time in Your Life

Divorce is an inherently stressful time in your life. Your marital relationship is unraveling. Your finances are taking a blow. In many cases, your relationships with your own kids have become more complicated.

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Considering Divorce? Maybe You Should Talk About It!

Most people start thinking about divorce long before they talk with anyone. For some, it takes a long time to reach the conclusion that divorce is necessary. Sometimes a spouse is doing the same thing, quietly thinking about it, and that may be helpful.

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How Can Counseling Help You?

Some people don't have a choice about a divorce -- their spouse took the lead and filed. Other people do have a choice and can take their time deciding if divorce is the right move. If you have the opportunity to carefully consider your past and future, you should do so with a counselor.

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Getting Through the Holidays — Post Divorce

You've got to plan for the holidays now! If your divorce is final and you are now facing the major holiday season, there are lots of adjustments for you to make. If you have children, you have to work with them to both keep some of the family traditions and create some new ones. Even if it has been several years since the divorce was finalized, holidays can still be a difficult time. With that in mind, here are some tips on how to deal with the holidays.

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