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You can use mediation to resolve your divorce more easily

You likely got married thinking you'd stay together forever, but if you and your partner are splitting, then you are among many individuals in the United States who go through the same situation every year. Over 20 percent of first marriages end in divorce within the first five years; around half of all marriages end within 20, according to the 2006 through 2010 National Survey of Family Growth.

A failing marriage is nothing to be ashamed of, and a divorce is nothing greater than a business arrangement to help you and your spouse get what you need out of your marriage. While your marriage ending can lead to anger, frustration and other strong emotions, it's important to approach your divorce with a level head. Be kind to yourself and try to be compassionate; it will help you get through this difficult time with less stress.

Instead of approaching a divorce as a fight, consider approaching it with negotiation in mind. You can work through mediation to discuss your concerns and what you'd like of your marital assets, or you can allow a judge to make that determination in court. Most attorneys would suggest that you and your spouse try to settle outside court, since this saves time and money.

Mediation is a good choice, because it helps you get through a divorce with better emotional satisfaction and helps you improve your spousal relationship, even though it's ending. Additionally, it gives you a chance to talk to your soon-to-be ex about your child's needs on neutral ground. Your attorney can help you through the finalization of any agreements you create in a mediation session.

Source: American Psychological Association, "Healthy Divorce: How to make your split as smooth as possible," accessed Dec. 22, 2016

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