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What are some divorce mediation myths?

Are you considering divorce mediation but wonder if some of the myths you have heard about it are true? By learning more about mediation and why some myths aren't true, you can make an informed decision about whether or not to employ this type of divorce process.

Divorce mediation can be a healthier and more realistic option than a traditional divorce process. Child custody and finances can be hammered out during meetings with a mediator. Mediation can also be cheaper, faster and less acrimonious not only for the couple, but for the kids, too.

Below, you'll find three myths about divorce mediation and what the truth really is.

-- I'll mediate, but I can't be in the same room as my soon-to-be ex-spouse. While you may not feel as though you can even stand to look at your spouse, the mediator will help keep the conversation focused when you two are ready to fight the same old battles.

-- A mediator will be biased toward me. There is currently no state law requiring a private mediator to be certified or licensed. However, you should look for one that has a law degree or is a mental health professional, has mediation training and has a strong knowledge of the divorce laws.

-- I don't want the mediator trying to save my marriage. Mediators aren't therapists. It is not their job to get you two back together as a couple. They are there to solely focus on you two separating as fair and equitable as possible.

As you can see, these myths about mediation are simply not true. An attorney experienced in divorce mediation can provide more information about pursuing this type of divorce process.

Source: Huffington Post, "Eight Myths of Divorce Mediation," Joanne Naiman, accessed Dec. 07, 2015

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