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Mediation: Massaging the tension out of the divorce process

The ending of a marriage can be painful, and the emotions of family members involved are often off the Richter scale. But there is a way to tame the tenseness, and in addition, a way to lessen the financial burden of separation -- mediation. It may be the solution you have been looking for to provide the smoothest transition possible to single life.

Far from being further divisive, mediation can empower all individuals affected by the divorce, including children. A mediator remains neutral in the mediation process, acting as a negotiator between the separating couple on a safe, level playing field.

The disagreement agreement: Putting your separation in writing

Sometimes, despite a promising beginning, a marriage or long-term relationship can go sour. It may be a sudden turn or it may be a gradual process. As it deteriorates, it might seem as if a couple cannot manage to agree on anything.

There may come a day, however, when both you and your partner can agree on one thing: it’s time to go your separate ways. There are different methods for going about this and the legal implications vary, depending on the nature of your relationship. For many would-be ex-partners in Ontario, a separation agreement is a sensible way to start.

Are you able to Stick to the Negotiations when it gets rough?

A court procedure does not ask of the sides to work together to find a solution. Both sides are encouraged to take starkly different starting positions and over time it is expected they will gradually move to the center which will produce a solution. When this doesn't happen a trial takes place and a judge imposes a solution.

Separation: Court Is Not the Only Option

Every family breakdown presents you with one basic question that will have major consequences on the conflict plays out. That question is how do you do it? - in a word, what process do you choose. While it may seem simple enough, the choice of process may have severe consequences on the substance of the conflict, the parenting, property division and support issues, but also on the costs and wear and tear to you from the conflict.

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