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On the South Bay Mediation blog, you?ll find information and resources on divorce mediation, child custody mediation, and more. If you have any additional questions about the mediation process, contact South Bay Mediation.

5 Challenges to Divorce After 50

It’s never an easy time to separate, but for couples over 50 who’ve been together decades, gray divorce exposes them to a whole new world. Let’s look at a few of the reasons for this unusual phenomenon, then focus on some of the unique challenges that gray divorce presents.

My Ex Moved Away…Now What?

It’s extremely common for one partner to move away, sometimes far away. Maybe housing is too expensive. Maybe they take a new job. Maybe they just want a fresh start. However, where they settle, when they move, and why they move, each has a material impact on a divorce decree or separation agreement, especially if children are involved. Let’s look at a few different considerations to see how distance, time, and intent all affect separations and resolutions.

How Much Will Divorce Cost Me?

it’s clear that divorce can be costly—and often at the worst possible time. Let’s look at ways to keep your costs down, while still reaching the resolution you desire.

4 Financial Mistakes to Avoid When Getting a Divorce

For many partners, assets such as a house can take on outsized emotional value, while subjects like alimony can become deeply personal. Factor in feelings of anger or resentment, and it’s easy to see why many partners fail to remain clear-eyed with their finances.

Divorce Separation Agreement — 4 Common Questions Answered

If a divorce doesn't land in front of a judge, is it legally binding? What happens if one party doesn't hold up their end of the separation agreement? What if circumstances change and one party wants the agreement amended? These are common questions for anyone who wants to avoid a lawyer-driven divorce.

5 Facts to Know About Divorce in California

When you get divorced, where you divorce matters. Each state has unique rules that can affect how long the process takes, the paperwork involved, how property is divided, and other matters. Here are five facts about divorce in California that can help you prepare for your divorce.

Budget for Your Divorce—and Your Future

When beginning the divorce process, many people consider the cost of the actual divorce – mediation services, lawyer fees, paperwork costs. But what you may not have considered is the importance of establishing and documenting budgets pre- and post-divorce.

Top 6 Myths About Divorce Mediation  

Before you make a decision between mediation, litigation, or a DIY divorce, be sure that your ideas about mediation aren’t misconceptions or myths. Learn the truth behind these 6 common divorce mediation myths.

Divorce with Debt: How mediation can help

When you have a large amount of debt, it can be difficult to imagine digging out from underneath it. If the debt was accumulated in a marriage, it may seem even more impossible to untangle. These are deep, roiling waters to navigate but you do not have to go it alone.

“Our Divorce Is Friendly. Can’t We Just Do It Ourselves?”

Even if you don’t feel like you need the “mediation” part of divorce mediation because you and your ex already have a plan to split things amicably, hiring a divorce mediator can “future-proof” your divorce so that you stay friends. No one can see into the future, but a good divorce mediator can help you plan for bumps in the far off distance.