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What to expect from the mediation process during divorce

There are many benefits associated with choosing mediation to resolve issues during a divorce. These include limiting the amount of money spent on attorneys by resolving things before the divorce is presented to a judge and finding mutually tenable compromises that might otherwise require judicial intervention (and a decision that makes both parties unhappy). If there is any chance that you and your estranged spouse may be able to work somewhat amicably through the more pressing issues, such as custody and support of any children and the division of the larger shared assets (such as homes, retirement accounts, and vehicles), working with a mediator may be in the best interest of everyone involved.

How to approach handling a high asset divorce

While most of us are aware of the divorce between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, it is important to understand the general implications of divorce for a high asset couple, including couples in the East Bay. Managing a high asset divorce can present additional challenges for divorcing couples. While Pitt and Jolie have six children and will need to resolve custody concerning their children, they also have millions of dollars in assets and royalty income that can be challenging to value. High asset divorces can generally include assets that are difficult to value and many divorces involve division of assets, including investments, real estate, retirement, other types of income and taxes.

Divorce-related modifications are available in some situations

Families can experience many changes following a divorce. Potential job loss, the need to relocate for a career or a child's developmental changes can all have an impact on the relevance of a divorce order. Because change is understood, the family law process provides the option to request a child support modification, child custody modification or even a modification of spousal support.

What are the benefits of mediation?

Divorce mediation offers a number of benefits for divorcing couples to consider. Mediation enlists the help of a neutral third party to resolve divorce-related issues that are oftentimes contested between divorcing couples. The idea of litigating divorce-related issues may compound the stress families face during the divorce process, while mediation may help minimize anxiety sometimes associated with the divorce process.

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