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Tired of fighting? Here's how to resolve conflicts during divorce

Those who have gone through divorce know that even under the best circumstances, there's likely to be an argument or two. Maybe one person is being stubborn or another is being vindictive. Whatever the reason, if there is a conflict you can't resolve, it's time to consider alternative options.

There are several options for resolving conflicts during a divorce. One is to allow the judge to make a decision when you go to court. Another is to head to mediation. You can also try arbitration or negotiating through your attorneys. Here is a little more on each of these possibilities.

1. Mediation

Mediation is a short-term process that allows for a third party to listen in while you talk with your spouse about the problem at hand. The mediator is trained in law, so he or she can talk to you about the potential impact of your decisions. Together, mediators aim to help you resolve conflict by providing you with essential information.

2. Arbitration

Arbitration is a process in which a third party hears each side's arguments and then makes a decision. For instance, if you want your shared vehicle because you have child custody but your spouse wants it because he has to drive to get to work, the arbitrator will hear both sides' arguments before making a decision on who should receive that asset.

3. Let the courts decide

If you cannot resolve a conflict on your own, the judge can decide for you. This isn't recommended, because you aren't in control of the outcome. The outcome is legally binding, which means that if you don't agree with your child custody arrangement or the division of your assets, it's too late to do anything about it (in most cases).

Resolving conflicts can seem complicated, but by taking the steps to do so, you'll save yourself time and money in the long run.

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