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Thinking about getting a divorce? Plan ahead.

When a marriage is headed for an irreparable breakdown, it makes sense to prepare for divorce. Planning for that eventuality can provide many benefits. By planning, you can better protect your rights and assets. And it can lay the groundwork for a successful transition to life after divorce.

If divorce appears to be inevitable, here are some things you can do to improve your position:

The basics of divorce mediation

For married individuals seeking an amicable divorce, mediation may be quite beneficial. It is a way for individuals to determine the terms of their divorce among themselves rather than having the courts decide.

Before embarking on the process, it is important both parties understand what it entails. There are a few basic concepts to know about divorce mediation.

Co-parenting tips for the divorced parent

Cooperative co-parenting can be difficult but it is highly beneficial for children. Working together with your ex-spouse will give your children consistency, security and an understanding of problem solving. In the end it shows your kids that they are more important than the conflict that ended in your divorce. Consider the following tips for co-parenting after divorce.

Separate feelings from behavior

Should you determine child custody with mediation?

Your marriage is ending and you are figuring out how you would like to handle the divorce process. You and your ex-spouse have children, and would like to settle everything as quickly as possible to prevent a stressful, drawn-out divorce.

You both want to be involved in your children’s lives and to do what is best for them. But now you have to figure out what that arrangement will look like on a day-to-day basis. How can mediation be a useful tool for determining child custody arrangements?

Why even an amiable divorce needs an attorney

It seems to make sense: You and your spouse agree that your marriage is over and you believe that you can handle an amicable split on your own--saving you a bundle in attorney's fees. Neither of you thinks it makes sense to involve a lawyer when you can file the paperwork on your own.

There's no argument on who gets what, so why shouldn't this be an easy proposition? Can a cooperating couple really complete a divorce on their own? Yes. Should they? Probably not.

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