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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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    Monica Chavez

    You make a great point that with divorce mediation, clients are more inclined to honor their obligations than if a judge had imposed a parenting plan and other requirements. My friend and her husband are going through a divorce right now, and they want it to be easy and stress-free, especially for their kids. I think having a mediator would be really helpful to achieve that kind of end.

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    Todd Stauffer

    I really like how you said that you can get two professionals for the price of one with mediation! My brother and his wife and probably going to get a divorce but they aren’t in a great financial state right now. Being able to hire two professionals at once would be really beneficial for them because they can save some money.

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    Taylor Anderson

    My friend is currently going through a divorce because her husband was cheating on her. It’s so cool that divorce co-mediation usually offers a two-for-one hourly rate. What tips do you have for choosing a mediator to help my friend out?

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      Diana Shepherd

      Hi Taylor.
      Your friend should take a look at our sister website: https://www.divorcemag.com/home. We offer thousands of pages of useful articles, FAQs, divorce blog, videos, podcasts, and a directory of family lawyers and divorce professionals for separated and divorced individuals. One of our articles, https://www.divorcemag.com/articles/divorce-team-how-to-find-choose-the-right-divorce-advisors/, gives advice and questions to ask prospective divorce professionals — including divorce mediators.
      Hope your friend finds this resource helpful!

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    Taylor Anderson

    It’s great that divorce mediation can help both parties focus on the children and how they may be affected. One of my friends got married at a very young age, so I’m a bit worried that she may get a divorce in the future. If she does, learning about mediation could really help her out. Thanks so much for sharing this great information!

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    Derek McDoogle

    I found it interesting when you said that clients who participate in mediation during the divorce process are less likely to experience post-decree conflict as new issues arise. My brother told me that he talked to his wife about getting divorced since they fight all the time. I will recommend my brother to look for a divorce meditation service so that they can both attend and figure out if they really want to divorce or if it’s just a hard time.

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