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Guiding Rhode Island residents through family law issues

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to know when to ask for help. For Rhode Island residents struggling with family law issues and decisions, family mediation may be a worthwhile solution to consider.

Our culture has been conditioned to feel that asking for help is a sign of weakness. When it comes to family issues or divorce, this mentality is no different. In some cases, individuals may be embarrassed or ashamed to ask for help. This would be a mistake. Asking for help, particularly in the area of family law is a sign of strength. When one can recognize their limitations and seek out the help from those who have spent their life studying the most effective and useful ways to help is a smart plan.

Individuals must remember that at the foundation of being a human being, we are designed to be around others. People mourn together, celebrate together and problem solve together. Seeking out help with family issues also demonstrates to one's kids that it is okay to ask for help. It also saves the children from enduring all the arguments and negative energy while the parents fight through the issues.

The goals of divorce mediation are very straightforward. The main goal is to create a settlement agreement that is equitable and agreeable to both parties. Mediation also serves to maximize the individual couple's say in how their divorce affects their family. It serves to minimize the emotional challenge of a long trial and expensive litigation costs. By having a family mediation outside of a courtroom, the couple will learn valuable skills about negotiating and give and take that can be carried on long after the divorce is settled.

Rhode Island residents struggling with family legal issues should not feel alone or afraid to ask for help. There are qualified legal professionals available who can assist each couple and family to reach their specific goals.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Asking for Help", May 4, 2013

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