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Couples who have decided to pursue mediation as a path to divorce are often rewarded with a less contentious and speedier resolution. Making a commitment to working out issues in a collaborative manner, and not by way of traditional litigation, is a smart option that more and more couples in Arizona are choosing. That said, there will still be times during the divorce mediation process where things will feel overwhelming and when the urge to act badly may bubble to the surface.

It is perfectly normal to have a range of emotions connected to the end of a marriage. Even when a couple has decided to work collaboratively to end the union, that does not mean that there will not be bumps along that road. When emotions flare up, spouses should make an effort to take a step back and focus on the bigger picture. Many disputes occur because one or both parties get a case of "tunnel fever" over smaller details. Maintaining focus on the ultimate goal of moving on with a fair and balanced settlement can make it easier to give in on some matters, while holding one's ground on others.

It is also important to keep the divorce process moving forward. It is not uncommon for a divorce, even an amicable one, to become stalled at various points. Staying on top of the time line and being proactive about keeping things on track can make the entire process run more smoothly. In some cases, this means getting the required documentation to one's attorney on time. For others, making time to attend mediation sessions or meet with divorce-related professionals should be made a priority.

It is important for Arizona spouses to remember that divorce is a process with a distinct beginning, middle and end. For those who have chosen divorce mediation, staying focused on the tasks at hand and keeping things on track for a timely resolution can be key to a successful outcome. Being proactive in the divorce process not only gives spouses a sense of control over the course of their future, it can also mean a faster overall path from married to single.

Source: The Huffington Post, "5 Tips To Help You Through Your Divorce", Randall M. Kessler, June 16, 2016

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