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Monday, February 22, 2010

Innocent Victims of a Litigious Divorce: The Children

"The war of the Roses" depicted every couple's worst nightmare. Two people who were once in love are engaged in a major battle where both sides lose. Divorce is second only to death as the most stressful of life's experiences. And litigated divorce increases the emotional stress many times over due to the hostility generated and the high financial cost. This is the tragedy of an acrimonious divorce. Each side hires a lawyer as their hired gun.

There is an alternative to the bitter, acrimonious litigated divorce. Divorce Mediation mitigates the lengthy, costly and often damaging effects of a litigated divorce because it is more efficient and is sensitive to the emotional toll placed on spouses and their children. Couples are encouraged to communicate directly to one another thereby by-passing the indirect and expensive client-to-attorney-to-attorney-client communication chain. Our approach to mediation combines the psychotherapeutic skills of a psychologist and the legal skills of an attorney so that all aspects of dissolving a marriage can be addressed: legal, emotional and financial. The co-mediators are specially suited and trained to safeguard the best interests of the children, and acknowledge a couple's pain associated with a divorce without allowing those emotions to control the settlement procedure.

To view this article in its entirety, click here.

For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/


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