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What do divorce mediators do when couples reach impasses?

Many Florida couples are happy to learn that there's an alternative option for resolving a divorce aside from duking it out in a courtroom. When they learn about mediation, it often intrigues them. Many of them wonder if they'll be able to successfully reach a compromise with a spouse that they're on the outs with. Most mediators have a variety of techniques that they can employ should impasses arise though.

What should you look for when choosing a mediator?

A mediated divorce can save a couple considerable time, money and stress. If you have children, the mediation process can provide a good basis for a healthy, cooperative co-parenting relationship. While you can each have an attorney and other professionals advising you as you go through the process, you'll be responsible for working out your property, support and custody agreements with the guidance of a neutral third-party mediator.

Ask your attorney how to make up for loss of 'alimony deduction'

Before U.S. tax-law changes took effect this year, the person who paid spousal support got to take advantage of the "alimony deduction." The payor of the alimony could deduct the amount paid, and the recipient had to claim it as taxable income.

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