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Can mediation be helpful in a military divorce?

Navigating a divorce is never easy, especially if one or both spouses are involved in the military. Military divorces typically have additional issues, and each spouse may want to take steps to gain the knowledge necessary to ensure all issues are addressed. The logical first step for each spouse might be to retain the services of an experienced Colorado military family law attorney who can provide the relative information related to a military divorce.

It is not uncommon for one spouse to be on the verge of being deployed, or one spouse may even be in a different country in the time leading up to a divorce. The couple would naturally want the divorce to be finalized as quickly as possible, and one way of speeding up the process is through mediation. Each spouse's respective attorney may support his or her client during mediation sessions, and if distance is a problem, modern technology such as Skype can be utilized to avoid delays in negotiations.

A divorce mediator will facilitate communication and offer compromises related to issues such as the military benefits an ex-spouse will continue to receive after the divorce. These may include life insurance, health care and military pensions. Other matters in which guidance will be provided include division of assets, child support, alimony payments and child custody. Mediation also provides a level of confidentiality that is typically not present in litigation because the divorce is part of the public record. Furthermore, during litigation, a judge can make decisions that may be detrimental to the dynamics of the soon-to-be-separated family.

With the combined experience of a family law attorney and a professional divorce mediator, the burden of emotional and financial stress may be eased. With the appropriate guidance, military spouses may be able to reach settlements that will protect the interests of each parent as well as their children. While this may not be a suitable solution for all couples, many divorcing military couples in Colorado have found that mediation saved energy, time and money.

Source:, "Divorce Mediation For Military Families", Accessed on Nov. 13, 2015

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