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What is Divorce Mediation?

Ideas for a Successful Divorce Mediation.

Most of the time, marriages can be dissolved without a lengthy and costly court battle. According to Collaborative Divorce Texas, 95% of cases are now settled by agreement in Texas. Divorce mediation can save you time, money and emotional toil. Puhl Law Group PC recommends alternative dispute resolution when appropriate. Mediation consists of a husband, wife, mediator and lawyers, working together to come up with important resolutions for the family involved. It is private and confidential and takes place in an office, not in front of a judge. A marriage may be over but there are still obligations that will continue, especially if there are children involved. A divorce mediation can help resolve issues in a more positive way. In Texas, many courts actually require mediation prior to a divorce trial. It is important to choose the right lawyer to help you mediate. Your representative should be certified in mediation. You also need to feel comfortable with your representation and be able to have an open dialogue about your needs and wants in order to have a good, fair outcome.

The Dividing of Unusual Assets during a Divorce

Bank accounts, retirement savings, cars, and homes are just a few of the assets you will need to divide during a divorce. These are the main assets you think about when you start going through the divorce process. But what about the other, more unusual assets? There are many more things of value from a marriage that you often don't think about. Not the obvious ones, but assets that hold value to you. It is best to try to figure out what holds importance to you before you start the divorce process. This is a good reason why you need a great family law attorney. Your lawyer may help you discover and divide other more unusual assets that are also important to you. Anything you gained during a marriage is considered "property" and is a divorce asset. That means, all these things acquired during the union can be a part of equitable distribution, defined as: The fair, but not necessarily equal, division of property and debts acquired during a marriage. Below is a list of more unusual items, both tangible and intangible that are often overlooked but can be a part of the property division. Tangible Assets Commonly Overlooked in a Divorce Agreements

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