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Once a divorce is filed, there are generally two ways for the divorce to become final. If the parties can agree on the terms of the divorce the parties may settle, sign a settlement agreement and ask the court to sign off on their agreement. If the parties cannot settle, the case will go to trial and the judge will decide the contested issues for the parties. It should be noted that there are alternatives to waiting for trial and the expenses that go along with trial preparation. These alternatives are mediation and arbitration. Mediation helps the parties negotiate for the terms they want so that they can come to an agreement. Arbitration is where a neutral arbitrator hears each side’s case and renders a decision.

  • Mediation

    Mediation is a procedure where a neutral or impartial person, known as a mediator, facilitates settlement discussions between the parties. The mediator’s purpose is to help the parties...
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  • Arbitration

    Arbitration is an alternative to trial where one or a panel of arbitrators renders a decision based on the case presented by each party. Is arbitration like court where a judge issues a...
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Mediation Process

Mediation is an informal process that adheres to a few key rules to ensure that the process runs smoothly. At the beginning of mediation, parties will circle around a table and discuss in a non-intimidating and non-threatening way the rules and procedure. After that, the parties will break off and go into separate rooms with their lawyers. The mediator will go between both parties during the mediation. The mediator will facilitate the discussion and ideally help the parties reach an agreement over every issue in contention.

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