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Diana Shepherd, CDFA®

Diana Shepherd has over 30 years of experience as a marketing, branding, SEO, copywriting, editing, and publishing expert. As Content Director for Family Lawyer Magazine, Divorce Magazine, and Divorce Marketing Group, she oversees all corporate content development and frequently creates SEO-friendly videos, podcasts, and copy for family law and financial firms. The Co-Founder of Divorce Magazine and Divorce Marketing Group, Diana is an award-winning editor, published author, and a nationally recognized expert on divorce, remarriage, finance, and stepfamily issues. She has written hundreds of articles geared towards both family law professionals and divorcing people, and she has both performed and taught on-page SEO for 20+ years. Diana spent eight years as the Marketing Director for the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts® (IDFA®), and she has been a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® since 2006. While at IDFA, she wrote, designed, and published The IDFA Marketing Guide, and she also created seminars for CDFA professionals to present to family lawyers (approved for CLE), as well as to separated and divorcing individuals. She has represented both DMG and IDFA at industry conferences and events across North America, and she has given marketing as well as divorce financial seminars at many of those conferences.


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    Penelope Smith

    My cousin is thinking about getting divorced this year. So, I liked that you pointed out that she might want to be patient during the divorce and mediation process. It might also be smart for her to find a lawyer who can help her stay patient and calm during the process.

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    What if mediation fails. Then what?

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      Diana Shepherd, CDFA

      Diana Shepherd

      Hi Tammy.

      If mediation fails, then the divorcing spouses must try another dispute resolution process. For example, you could consider arbitration. Arbitration is similar to mediation in certain respects, but at the end of the day, you must abide by the arbitrator’s decision — just as though you were in court with a judge. (This assumes you have chosen binding arbitration, but if mediation has failed, then non-binding arbitration may also fail for the same reasons.)

      You could also take your dispute to court and ask a judge to rule on your issues; this is usually the most expensive option in terms of both time and money, however.

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    Aronberg Law

    Learned some new stuff with very detailed information.

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    Ivy Baker

    My cousin and her husband have been thinking about getting a divorce this summer. It is good to know that they might want to try doing some mediation. That does seem like it could bring the costs of the process down.

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    Larry Weaver

    Thanks for the advice to be patient and keep an open mind during a family mediation case. My sister has had a difficult experience with her husband and family and is looking to hire a family lawyer. I’ll be sure to share this advice about being patient and having an open mind with my sister because she can be pretty hot-headed.

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    Daphne Gilpin

    Thanks for explaining that it helps to arrive at the mediation session believing that we’ll be successful. My husband and I think we would both be happier if we got divorced, but we’re on good terms and think it would be better to use a mediation service than an attorney. I’m glad I read your article because keeping your tips in mind should help the divorce mediation service go as smoothly as possible.

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    Jenny Hills

    The dissolution of my marriage is a really stressful and highly emotional event for me. And I really needed help to hire an attorney for my divorce process. Thank you for sharing these helpful tips.

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    Skylar Williams

    My brother is going through a divorce at the moment and they are trying to work out who gets the house and custody of their two children by themselves. I appreciate your tip to make sure the parties are in the right state of mind. In my opinion, my brother is not in the right state of mind and he needs mediation services.

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    Thanks for the article! Divorce is truly one of life’s most stressful experiences, and litigation can only make the stress worse. I have had two divorces, the first was amicable and was solved through mediation, but the second had to go to court… worst year of my life. The stress, negative feelings, and money spent are not worth it.

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    Emily Bennette

    My best friend is considering getting a divorce from her husband this upcoming spring. It is good to know that she will want to be really patient. It might be smart for her to find a lawyer and mediator that have a lot of experience. That way, she knows she can trust their opinion and suggestions.

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    Tori Raddison

    I totally agree that you should keep an open mind and be patient when you’re going through mediation. It’s hard enough getting a divorce without starting a fight every two seconds. Keeping a clear head will make the process easier for everyone.

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    Shane Mcclure

    The post you shared here is very informative. Thanks for sharing such a great post about successful family law mediation!

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    Alice Carroll

    Thanks for pointing out that being calm and patient goes a long way during a family dispute resolution. The recent passing of my aunt caused a lot of disputes among my dad and his other siblings regarding what happens to her real estate properties. Perhaps getting a professional to mediate for them would make them reach a resolution sooner than later.


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