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Is Mediation Right for You?
Individuals considering mediation frequently want to know whether or not they are appropriate mediation candidates. Unfortunately, too many just dismiss mediation outright, self-branding themselves as inappropriate candidates without any consideration of the accuracy of their assessment. Then, too, there are the many who haven't the vaguest idea that mediation may well be a valuable option for them.
Back to the question: How do you determine if you and your spouse would be able to mediate?
Some couples are obvious candidates:
Although most couples are good candidates for mediation, albeit some couples face more challenges than others, there are those that should not mediate.
Couples who should not mediate include:
Couples owe it to themselves and to their families to at least investigate all options, including mediation.
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