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Marriage reconciliation is an alternative to divorce that is performed by a practicing family law attorney. The family law attorney will be professionally prepared for marriage reconciliation disputes in a non-adversarial manner and without court intervention. The inner workings of marriage reconciliation are kept strictly confidential and impartiality is guaranteed.

The parties meet with the marriage reconciliation lawyer, both individually and together. At the marriage reconciliation meetings specific issues, as well as generalized problem solving, and communication strategies are exchanged through explanation, behavior modeling and hands-on coaching. Issues dividing the couple are identified, analyzed and collaboratively solved in order to work toward marriage reconciliation.

It's important to begin with the constructive presumption that most issues will be successfully reconciled, and that the learning and problem solving accomplished during the process could very well result in the positive marriage reconciliation. By learning to creatively work through today's issues and relationship concerns, the spouses exit the meeting positively to apply their new skill sets to future developments and challenges.

Marriage reconciliation is considered a healthy alternative to divorce mediation because of its general intent. Most divorce mediation begins with the underlying premise of inevitable divorce. The marriage reconciliation approach is aimed at complete or substantial reconciliation.

Some states do not require mediators to be attorneys, and it would be unlawful for non-attorney mediators to offer legal advice. Yet, legal insight is an indispensable, reality-based ingredient to solving conflicts that could possibly result in divorce. Some feel that mediation is an aggravating waste of time and money if it does indeed fail. Marriage reconciliation is geared toward reconciling the important issues, while preparing for an economically feasible and non-adversarial progression through the legal system in the event that a complete reconciliation is not possible.

Even if you are both sure that a divorce is inevitable, marriage reconciliation can work for you. From a problem-solving standpoint, the prospect of reconciliation is a far better starting point than one that pre-supposes certain divorce. Negotiations are always more fruitful where there is the likelihood of a continuing relationship.

While the majority of people will go out and hire an attorney right away, not many will be quick to tell you how pleasant of an experience they had with there divorce. The legal system is an adversarial one. It is likely that you did not enter your marriage to fight, argue and debate. Entry into a primarily adversarial system for the purpose of resolving family disputes is like negotiating in a boxing ring.

Marriage reconciliation is the key to cost containment, achieving positive outcomes, and minimizing distress. If you and your spouse think that a second chance is worth a shot, contact an attorney specializing in marriage reconciliation. You've been together this long, and there's probably a good reason for that.

If you have questions regarding marriage reconciliation, contact an experienced divorce mediation attorney today.

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