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Divorce mediation: To have or not to have legal counsel?

There are a few ways to get through the divorce process. In the state of Washington, mediation is something that courts want to see couples try before they turn to litigation. Mediation involves each party meeting in a neutral location with a neutral third party to negotiate settlement terms. While it is possible to go through the entire mediation and divorce process without the assistance of legal counsel, doing so is not necessarily advised.

What you can do to prepare for mediation

If you want to keep your divorce out of court and civil, there is a way for you to do that. Couples in Washington are typically required to utilize mediation to settle disputes and come to agreeable dissolution terms. This alternative dispute resolution method can work for most couples who are going through the divorce process. It may work for you if you take the time to prepare for it.

Mediation may not be a good fit for you if?

The state of Washington would prefer divorcing couples to work out settlement agreements out of court if at all possible. Couples are generally required to attempt mediation before moving on to litigation. Mediation can prove extremely effective; however, if any of the following are issues in one's case, mediation may not be a good fit.

How does divorce mediation work?

Washington residents who are ready to end their marriages are typically required to utilize an alternative dispute resolution method to come to settlement terms rather than turn straight to litigation. Whether by one gets to mediation by choice or force, it can result in fair and balanced divorce settlements for most couples. How does mediation work?

What divorce cases are right for mediation?

What's your idea of divorce? Chances are you have heard a horror story from a friend or family member. While it is true that divorce can be a stressful experience no matter your situation, it doesn't have to involve high-stakes disagreements, drawn-out court appearances or argumentative lawyers. Instead, mediation is one option couples can pursue as a method of alternative dispute resolution in divorce.

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