Mediation and Divorce Blog - Equitable Mediation

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The 5 Divorce Options and How to Choose The Right One

By Equitable Mediation

Learn about the 5 divorce options so you can choose the one right for you. Read our in-depth guide to the 5 options for how to get a divorce.

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Should I Get a Divorce?

By Cheryl Dillon, Divorce Coach

Should I get a divorce is a question many people ask if they're unhappy in their marriage. Here's help deciding if you should get divorced or stay married.

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How to Have a Successful Divorce Mediation

By Cheryl Dillon, Divorce Coach

Want a successful divorce mediation? Learn what you can do to ensure your mediation goes smoothly and results in the best possible outcome.

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How to Tell Your Spouse You Want a Divorce

By Cheryl Dillon, Divorce Coach

Wondering how to tell your spouse you want a divorce without starting a war? Here are some tips to help you prepare for that difficult conversation.

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Marriage Mediation: Mediation to Stay Married

By Equitable Mediation

A marriage mediator helps couples resolve issues, improve their relationship and avoid divorce. Learn how using marriage mediation can save your marriage.

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How to Have an Amicable Divorce

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

Amicable divorce is possible and all about choices. Learn how to divorce amicably and the 5 things you must do to have a civil and peaceful divorce.

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Facing a Gray Divorce? Watch Out for These 7 Critical Issues

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

Facing a later in life divorce? Learn the most common gray divorce reasons, 7 critical problems to watch out for, and the best way to resolve them.

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Divorce Mediation vs Lawyer: Which is Right for You?

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

Learn how divorce mediation compares to divorce with lawyers. This way, you can choose the professional right for you.

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Divorce Mediation Tips and a Divorce Mediation Checklist

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

Here are a few divorce mediation tips and a divorce mediation checklist to help ensure your mediation stays peaceful and on track.

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10 Biggest Divorce Mediation Benefits

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

Here's 10 top benefits of mediating your divorce. Before you hire lawyers, learn why you owe it to yourself and your kids to use divorce mediation instead.

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Does Marriage Counseling Work?

By Cheryl Dillon, Divorce Coach

When a couple goes to counseling, they’re often at a stage where it’s their very last hope. Here's how to know if marriage counseling is working or if it's time to end the marriage and seek a divorce.

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Pros and Cons of Bird Nesting Divorce Plans

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

Learn the pros and cons of a nesting divorce, also known as bird nest parenting, and how mediation can help you develop a plan that works for your kids.

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Considering Lump Sum Alimony? Avoid These 5 Mistakes.

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

Learn what a lump sum alimony buyout is, pitfalls to avoid if you're considering one, and how to get a result that's fair to both you and your soon-to-be ex.

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Equitable Distribution: Who Gets What in a Divorce?

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

In equitable distribution, who gets what in a divorce is complicated. Working with an expert divorce mediator is key to a fair agreement. Learn why.

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Community Property California: Not Always 50-50 in Divorce

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

Think community property in a California divorce is always split equally? Learn how you can actually get a say in how to divide your property and debts equitably.

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The Importance of a Good Divorce Parenting Plan

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

A divorce with kids is never easy. But using mediation to develop a good divorce parenting plan increases your chances of co-parenting success. Find out why.

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How to Tell Kids about Divorce, Help Them Cope and Be Good Co-Parents

By Equitable Mediation

Here's some expert advice on how to tell kids about divorce and help them cope, what children understand by age and tips for successful co-parenting.

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I Want a Divorce But My Wife Doesn't

By Cheryl Dillon, Divorce Coach

What can you do if you want a divorce but your wife doesn't? Here are some tips to help you get your wife to cooperate and at the same time, keep things peaceful.

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How to Get a Fair Divorce Settlement

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

Want to ensure you get a fair divorce settlement? Here are some steps to take and things you must do to ensure your divorce agreement is fair.

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Why Divorce is Good: What You Learn About You Through Divorce

By Cheryl Dillon, Divorce Coach

Former divorce mediation clients share why divorce was good for them. Learn all the good that can come from the bad and why there is such a thing as a positive divorce.

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How to Save a Marriage – 32 Experts Share Their Best Advice

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

We asked a panel of relationship experts to share their best advice on how to save a marriage. What they said might save yours!

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How to Find Good Divorce Mediation Near Me

By Cheryl Dillon, Divorce Coach

Here's how to determine if the mediator you're considering has the skills and experience to successfully guide you through your divorce.

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For Divorce After Short Marriage Mediation is Your Best Bet

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

If you want your divorce after a short marriage to be fair, but don't want it to be full of drama, cost a fortune or take forever to complete, here's what to do.

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The Most Catastrophic Mistake to Avoid in a Stay at Home Moms Divorce

By Cheryl Dillon, Divorce Coach

Facing divorce as a Stay-at-Home Mom? Learn the biggest mistake to avoid and what you can do to get the best outcome for you and your children.

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Divorce with a Business Involved

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

Facing divorce with a business involved? Learn mistakes to avoid when dividing a business in a divorce so you don't lose everything you worked so hard to build.

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8 Michigan Child Support Questions You Should Be Asking in 2021

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

Wondering how child support works in Michigan? Find out what you need to know to ensure your children's financial well-being after your divorce.

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My Husband Wants a Divorce. What Do I Do?

By Cheryl Dillon, Divorce Coach

Does your husband want a divorce? Learn the 3 things you must do to protect the kids and ensure you get what you're entitled to.

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Should We Stay Together for the Kids?

By Equitable Mediation

Should we stay together for the kids? A question unhappily married parents often wonder. Find out what experts say about divorce and its effects on children.

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Good Divorce Advice for a Woman with Children

By Equitable Mediation

This mom protected her kids from the negative effects of divorce and paved the way to her own future happiness. You can, too! Learn how to have a good divorce.

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Determining Washington State Child Support in 2021: 10 Things to Know

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

Learn the 10 things you need to know about determining Washington State child support so you can protect your kids from becoming economic victims of divorce

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Calculating Child Support in NY in 2021: 8 Things You Need to Know

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

Now that you're facing divorce in NY, here's how to make sure your kids get the financial support they need in order to live healthy and happy lives.

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Safeguarding Your Children in 2021 with Child Support in Illinois

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

You might think determining child support in Illinois is easy, but it's not. Learn what to do so your kids don't suffer financially because of your divorce.

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Child Support in California in 2021: More Complex Than You Might Think

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

Determining child support in California is a lot more complex than you might think. Learn what you need to know so you can secure your child's future!

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How to Ensure Your Child's Well-Being in 2021 with Child Support in NJ

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

You may think determining child support in NJ is easy, but it's not. Learn what you need to know to ensure your children's financial well-being!

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Think it's Easy to Determine PA Child Support in 2021? Guess Again!

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

You may think determining PA child support is easy, but it's not. Learn what you need to know to ensure your children's future after your divorce.

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Divorce After 20 Years of Marriage or More

By Cheryl Dillon, Divorce Coach

Divorcing after 20 years of marriage (or more)? Here's what you can do to understand the issues you'll face and plan a smart course of action to preserve wealth and minimize legal bills.

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Determining Spousal Support in Washington State in 2021

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

Agreeing on spousal support in Washington State is not easy to do! Learn what you need to know about this complex topic and why mediation is the best way to fairly resolve it.

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Determining Alimony in NJ in 2021

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

Determining spousal support in NJ is very challenging. Learn what you need to know about this complex topic and how to get a fair alimony agreement.

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Determining Alimony in California in 2021

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

Find out how alimony in California works and what you can do to prevent your spousal support negotiation (and divorce) from turning into a disaster!

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Understanding Alimony in PA in 2021 and The Challenges of Resolving It

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

Agreeing on alimony in PA is no easy task! Learn what you need to know about this complex topic and why mediation is your best bet to resolve it.

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The Challenges of Determining Alimony in NY in 2021

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

The topic of alimony (spousal maintenance) in NY is a complicated one. Find out what you need to know and how to best resolve this complex issue.

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Determining Alimony in Michigan in 2021

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

Agreeing on alimony in Michigan is not easy! Learn what you need to know about this complex subject and how to fairly resolve it.

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Determining Illinois Alimony in 2021

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

The topic of alimony in Illinois (maintenance) is complicated. Learn more about this difficult issue and the best way to resolve it.

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How to Prepare for Divorce – 54 Experts Share Their Best Tips

By Equitable Mediation

We asked a panel of experts to reveal their best tips on how to prepare for divorce so it's peaceful from start to finish. Learn what they had to say.

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Collaborative Law vs Mediation

By Equitable Mediation

Collaborative law vs mediation: The choice is easy when you know the differences. Learn how divorce mediation compares to collaborative divorce.

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I Want a Divorce But My Husband Doesn't

By Cheryl Dillon, Divorce Coach

What can you do if you want a divorce but your husband doesn't? Here are some tips to get the best result and keep things peaceful when divorcing a reluctant spouse.

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The Best Way to Get a Divorce? Hear What The Experts Say

By Equitable Mediation

Wondering what is the best way to get a divorce? Learn what these experts have to say about the smartest way to get a divorce - especially if you have kids.

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How to Cope with Divorce

By Equitable Mediation

It's normal to feel out of control while going through a divorce. Here are some tips for how to cope with divorce and make things easier on yourself.

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How Much Does it Cost to Get a Divorce?

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

The cost of divorce will vary based on a number of factors. Learn what those factors are and how they affect how much it will cost you to get divorced.

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The Real Truth Behind Divorce Mediation Costs

By Equitable Mediation

A mediator's hourly rate is only 1 of 4 factors that contribute to divorce mediation costs. Learn what the others are and how to ensure your divorce mediation is as cost-effective as possible.

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Divorce After 10 Years of Marriage? Why Mediation is Key!

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

There's a lot at stake if you are divorcing after 10 years of marriage. Learn the best way to divide, decide and resolve the critical issues.

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My Wife Wants a Divorce. What Should I Do?

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

Finding out your wife wants a divorce can be shocking and scary. Learn how you can take charge and proceed without losing your kids (and your shirt) in the process.

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Is Divorce in Illinois without a Lawyer Possible?

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

Getting a divorce in Illinois without a lawyer is possible and is often a smarter way to go. Learn how mediation can help you get a peaceful and fair divorce.

What am I Entitled to in a Divorce?

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

What am I entitled to is a question many people facing divorce want to know. There's no easy answer, but here's a tip to help you get what you deserve in your divorce agreement.

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Community Property Washington State

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

Think community property in a divorce in Washington State is always divided equally? Learn how you can have a say in fairly resolving this complicated issue.

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How to Get a Divorce in California without a Lawyer

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

If you're facing divorce in California, you might want to avoid involving lawyers. The good news is that divorce without a lawyer is possible! Learn more.