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How can I know a mediator is well qualified?

People have good reasons to seek out a mediator to handle their divorce issues. In contrast to a court proceeding, contesting parties have much more control over the problem solving process and the eventual solution if one is reached. However, mediators are not as well known to the public as judges. Some Michigan residents may wonder who is a mediator is and whether a mediator can truly handle their problem. There are a number of ways that mediators can show their competence and qualifications.

How can you offer support to a victim of domestic violence?

Domestic violence is dangerous, but an often-silent issue that affects many families in Michigan. Because you may not recognize the signs of abuse right away, you may not even know that there are victims around you. Once you learn to identify the red flags that indicate that someone you care about may be experiencing abuse, it is imperative that you jump right into action to provide support, encouragement and protection. 

Filing for divorce without an attorney

Divorce can be challenging for many reasons, and some people are stressed out about the divorce process because they do not want to get an attorney involved. There are different reasons why people may feel this way, whether they do not trust lawyers, or they are worried that they cannot afford to work with a legal professional during their divorce. While it is possible to move forward without an attorney in some instances, this can be a terrible mistake in some divorces, especially if there are divorce issues such as disagreement over custody or child support.

Divorce and jealousy

Ending a marriage can give rise to all sorts of negative feelings, such as stress or even anger, depending on the outcome of a couple's divorce. Some people may also experience strong feelings of jealousy both before, and after they divorce their spouse. For example, someone may be jealous of their former partner's ability to secure custody or have access to certain types of marital property. Or, someone may be jealous of their spouse prior to the divorce due to an affair, their partner's success or some other matter.

Going on vacation after your divorce

The process of bringing marriage to an end can be difficult, in some instances, or relatively straightforward and uncomplicated. Ending a marriage can cause some people to feel very stressed out and those who feel like this after a divorce may look for ways to relieve some of their anxiety. For some people, this could mean going on a vacation, while others may pick up a new hobby or devote more of their free time to friends and loved ones. If you plan on going on a trip after your divorce, this could be very beneficial, but there are a number of things you may need to take into consideration.

High-asset divorce and unwanted attention

We have covered various facets of the divorce process, but some people have a particularly hard time when they end their marriage. For example, a couple with children may find that their divorce is stressful due to child support or custody matters. Moreover, someone with a lot of assets may have a difficult time due to property division. Furthermore, some high-asset divorces involve celebrities and politicians, which can also create stress due to the widespread attention that a couple receives (including negative and unwanted attention).

Divorcing from a workaholic

A marriage may be brought to an end for any number of reasons, some of which are completely unexpected (an affair, a domestic violence incident and so on). In other instances, a couple may have been able to see their marriage crumbling over a period of many years and divorce may not come as a surprise. For example, some people are unhappy in their marriage because their spouse is a workaholic and they do not want to live with their partner any longer. For some, counseling may be able to help a couple patch things together, while other marriages cannot be salvaged.

Attending a holiday party with your ex

During the holiday season, people face many stressors, including dealing with others who they would rather avoid. Some people have it especially tough during this time of year, such as people who run into their ex at a celebration (or even attend the celebration with someone even though they have already broken up). There are various other reasons why this can happen. For example, a married couple may work for the same employer and see each other at an office party during the holidays. If you are facing this situation during the holidays and expect to run into your spouse, it is important to be prepared.

When you are on the fence about divorce

People can have a tough time moving on from a marriage for many reasons. Whether they have decades of memories with someone with whom they have been in a relationship, or they have concerns about how this decision will affect kids, many people find themselves on the fence when it comes to divorce. If you are unsure whether this is the right move, you should carefully evaluate the ins and outs of this process and think about some of the different ways that it could affect your life.

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