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Divorce mediation can protect your privacy

One advantage of a mediated divorce is that you're able to keep the details private. With litigated divorces that have to be filed in court, it's possible that people can obtain access to the documents.

If you have a litigated divorce, you can request that the documents be sealed, but your request may be denied. You may be able to use initials rather than your full names as another option.

It's not just celebrities who take steps to keep the details of their divorce away from the prying eyes of the media. People who are well-known in their community as business people, philanthropists and/or moral or religious leaders often don't want the details of their divorce accessible to the public. Further, they may not want their children to find out about certain aspects of their divorce.

Divorce mediation is an ever-increasingly popular solution for divorcing couples who are able to work together amicably to deal with issues of property and asset division, spousal support and child custody and visitation. Aside from helping the couple maintain privacy, it's generally a lower-cost, less time-consuming way to legally end the marriage. Many couples with children choose divorce mediation because it decreases the conflict and is often easier on the kids.

If you and your spouse think that a mediated divorce would work for you, contact a Florida mediation attorney who can provide you with details about how the process works. You can still each hire your own attorneys to advise you if you have any questions or issues. The mediator is there to provide guidance, and not to take sides. You and your spouse will need to work together to determine the details of your split. However, if you are able to end the marriage via mediation, there are numerous financial and emotional advantages.

Source: CNBC, "How to divorce like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie," Jessica Dickler, Jan. 11, 2017

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