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What you can do to make divorce mediation negotiations effective

Divorce is often depicted as being quite contentious in the movies -- but some people do experience amicable divorces. That's right, there is a way for you to split up with your spouse, divide up all your property, make custody and visitation decisions regarding your children and still walk away as friends. This is best accomplished via the alternative dispute resolution approach known as mediation.

One of the best things that you and your ex can do is set goals for how you want your relationship to be in the future. If you want to come out of all of this as friends, then you're going to want to lay down ground rules about how you're going to choose to interact with one another. You're most apt to have an amicable divorce if these guidelines center on remaining civil with your ex.

Commit to resolving your differences with your spouse amicably. Start by being respectful toward each other. Although it may be easier said than done, you can accomplish more during negotiations if you can agree to set aside resentment, anger and bitterness. You'll find it easiest if you don't allow such thoughts to cloud your decision making -- and they really have no place at the table.

A divorce mediation attorney can help you find ways to avoid unnecessary conflicts and show you and your ex how to work together during this troubled time. Doing so will benefit you both. Find out how mediation can help you reach a settlement that both you and your ex can live with in your Ohio divorce case.

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