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The use of mediation in a divorce

Some Texas residents may have heard that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have chosen to conduct their divorce through mediation. Although many divorcing couples pursue courtroom litigation, mediation may be a good alternative for those who are able to negotiate the terms of their split in a more peaceful atmosphere. There are important differences between mediation and traditional divorce that are worth understanding for anyone thinking about possibly ending their marriage in the near future.

Mediation is different because it doesn't necessarily require the divorcing parties to go to court. The legal battles that take place in a courtroom can cause a great deal of division for families and may negatively impact the relationships parents have with their children after the divorce. By choosing mediation, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have chosen to pursue a more amicable separation that takes into account the needs and considerations of their individual family.

In addition to benefiting from mediation confidentiality, the couple say that they've chosen mediation for the well-being of their children. While courtroom litigation has the potential to aggravate existing tensions in a family, mediation places its emphasis upon de-escalation and mutually satisfactory arrangements. This may allow for continued cooperation in the shared duties of parenting even after the marriage itself has been finalized.

Mediation may be a good solution for some couples who are facing the end of a marriage. Those who are interested in learning more may wish to consult with an attorney who has experience with this form of alternative dispute resolution in order to see if it is right for them.

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