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How to Have an Amicable Divorce

Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

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  • The way you conduct yourself during your divorce will lay the groundwork for your life afterwards. That's why you're smart if you want to have an amicable divorce.
  • Not divorcing amicably will really cost you.
  • Here's what an amicable divorce looks like and what you must do to have one.

After years of soul-searching and months of counseling, you’ve made the difficult decision to end your marriage.

But don’t want your divorce or separation to be a knock-down, drag-out brawl.

One where you and your spouse hate each other when it’s over. Spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on divorce attorneys or litigating in court. And scar your children for life by destroying their family.

Instead, you want to have a peaceful divorce.

But you don’t know how or if it’s even possible.

So before you do anything, let’s first take a closer look at what it means to divorce amicably. And discuss five things you'll need to do to plan an amicable divorce process from the start.

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Topics: Planning for Divorce, Amicable, Fair, Child-Focused, Divorce Mediation

How to Find a Good Divorce Mediator Near Me

Cheryl Dillon, Divorce Coach

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  • The mediator you hire to guide you through the divorce process is just as important as the decision to use mediation itself.
  • Hiring the best and most competent mediator will make all the difference in how peaceful and cost-effective your divorce will be. And how fair, thorough and child-focused your agreement will be.
  • Here are the criteria to use when evaluating the qualifications of a mediator. And how to determine if the person you're considering is competent and best qualified to help you.

You want a divorce.

And you want to mediate.

Which is more than I knew when my ex-husband and I made the decision to end our marriage.

We hadn't ever heard of mediation. All we knew is we wanted to get an uncontested divorce without lawyers and respectfully resolve our issues out of court. And we didn't want to go broke in the process.

A friend told me about mediation and I found a divorce mediator near me. And luckily, my divorce went quite smoothly. My now ex-husband and I completed the process in a few months and our entire divorce cost less than we would have spent on the attorney retainers alone.

But as you probably already know, making the decision to use mediation is only a small part of the divorce process.

You also need to figure out how to find a mediator for divorce who is competent and qualified.

Because the mediator you hire to guide you through the divorce process is just as important as the decision to use mediation itself.

So what are the criteria to use when evaluating the qualifications of a mediator? And what do you need to know about how to find a good divorce mediator and determine if the person you're considering is competent and best qualified to help you?

Luckily you've come to the right place because those questions and more will be answered in this post...

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Topics: Planning for Divorce, Divorce Mediation

How Much Does a Divorce Cost?

Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

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  • There are three main factors that impact the cost of getting a divorce for couples: Case complexities, level of conflict between the parties and the divorce method/professional chosen.
  • The cheapest option might not be best for your situation and can wind up being a lot more expensive in the end.
  • Learn more about each factor and how it affects the cost of divorce.

Paying a lot of money for a divorce is the last thing anyone wants to do.

And with good reason. Divorce can get expensive.

It can bankrupt families. Ruin lives. And steal your children's futures. So it's normal to wonder how much does a divorce cost and what are your options for getting one before you file any divorce papers.

Before taking a closer look, you'll first need to understand the things that impact how much divorce costs. As they can vary greatly from case-to-case.

Not only that, but there’s so much more to divorce and ending a marriage than just how much it will cost you.

And while it might be tempting to choose the lowest cost option, be cautious because the cheapest option might not be best for your situation and can wind up being a lot more expensive in the end.

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Topics: Planning for Divorce

The articles in this blog are for informational purposes only and are not intended as legal advice, financial advice, emotional advice or counsel.

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