Mediation vs. Litigation

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A contested divorce does not have to turn into a vicious court battle, as many couples in Arizona find a good alternative to litigation in the mediation process. Mediation can take a variety of forms, and it is almost always less adversarial than traditional dissolution proceedings. Through mediation, couples can resolve their disputes and negotiate the terms of their divorce without setting foot in a courtroom.

Throughout the mediation process, spouses meet together with a third-party mediator to work through the pending dissolution. The mediator remains in a position of neutrality and provides each spouse with the information necessary for them to reach their stated goals. Those who want specific legal counsel can retain an attorney to represent their interests throughout the mediation process, but they are not required to do so.

As a viable alternative to litigation in a contested divorce, couples should consider mediation services. A good family law lawyer can assist in the identification and selection of an appropriate mediator.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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