Divorce Mediation and its Benefits

Mediation is one of the least recognized methods of resolving divorce matters but is extremely efficient and cost effective. Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) held in an informal setting, where the divorcing parties can resolve their differences without the stress or cost of a formal court proceeding. And for many people, mediation can help avoid the difficulties inherent in the court system. Continue reading “Divorce Mediation and its Benefits”

The Divorce Process Can Take Many Forms

The decision to get divorced can be one of the most difficult and traumatic experiences two people may go through.  When one thinks of a divorce, they may picture a courtroom filled with attorneys arguing.  However, what most people do not realize is that there are several ways to go about the divorce process.  Over the last decade, the divorce processes of mediation and collaborative divorce have grown in many jurisdictions to be a costeffective and more efficient manner to obtain a divorce.  There are advantages and disadvantages to court litigated divorces (traditional), mediation and collaborative divorce.  

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Common-Law Marriages in Non-Participating States

common-law marriage is a union between two people that is formed without a marriage license or wedding ceremony. Contrary to what many believe, obtaining a common-law marriage is not as simple as cohabitating for a prolonged period of time, though the determination of marital status varies from state to state. In many instances, to establish a marriage within a common-law state, the couple must be officiated by the state court.

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