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Resolving Disputes Through Divorce Mediation, Part 1

Divorce mediation is a relatively new idea

The liberalization of divorce laws has come a long way in the last century. Today, there are only two countries in the world where divorce remains illegal – the Vatican and the Philippines. In the United States, no-fault divorce has made divorce widely available, while the trend continues to run towards more and more divorces being resolved outside of court through processes like collaborative divorce and divorce mediation.

If the time has come for you to get divorced, the complexity of the process can be enough to make your head spin. Will your divorce be no-fault? Contested or uncontested? Will you pursue a collaborative divorce? Or perhaps divorce mediation? Don’t worry, there’s plenty of information on our site about all of these topics, and more. In this article; however, we’re going to focus in on divorce mediation. But first, we’ll need to talk about uncontested divorce.

What is an uncontested divorce?

If a divorce is contested, it means there are issues on which the divorcing parties do not agree. Sounds typical, right? In the past, this was the only kind of divorce. The idea is that the issues relevant to the divorce will be sorted out in a courtroom though litigation. The reasoning behind this approach is that it ensures fairness for both parties. There are some situations where litigation will always be the best option. However, litigated divorces have a couple of inherent drawbacks. First, litigation tends to be a slow, expensive, stressful process. Second, as divorce becomes more and more common in the Unites States, the load on the court system increases, which makes the process even more slow and stressful. For these reasons, there is a strong motivation for many people to resolve their disputes outside of court. That’s where uncontested divorce comes in.

Check back soon for Resolving Disputes Through Divorce Mediation, Part 2. In the meantime, check out our page on divorce mediation.

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