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Military divorce: Online mediation can overcome delays

Ending a marriage will always be a traumatic experience with many challenges. However, those challenges are multiplied when it is a military divorce. Just like parents nationwide, those in Utah also want what is best for their children, but the circumstances of marriage in the military could complicate settlement negotiations.

More and more military couples are discovering the manners in which mediation can help them to reach agreements. Litigated divorces can be time-consuming, and one spouse can be deployed during the divorce process, slowing it down even more. Through mediation, couples can negotiate their own divorce settlements and present them to the court for approval before it issues a final divorce decree.

Even if one spouse is deployed, technology allows online mediation through the use of Skype or FaceTime. An impartial divorce mediator will facilitate negotiations, during which he or she will encourage communication and compromise while keeping the divorcing couple focused on resolving issues rather than playing the blaming game. All matters related to property division and child custody and visitation can form part of the negotiations. However, only the court must deal with child support issues.

To ensure both parties are treated fairly during mediation, each spouse is entitled to have an experienced divorce attorney present. Not only can a Utah lawyer protect the interests of his or her client, but he or she can also provide valuable input. Furthermore, the lawyer may have access to other resources to advise on complicated issues in a military divorce such as pensions and retirement benefits.

Source: navytribe.com, "Military Divorce With Child Custody/Support Issues Best Resolved Through Mediation", Accessed on Aug. 25, 2017

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