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January 24, 2012
Mediation in divorce on the rise
Keeping it on an even keel was about all Kay Gilbert hoped for when she saw her 30-year marriage unraveling.
The consultant to budding nonprofits surmised that a protracted legal battle before a District Court judge would dissipate the resources and assets that she and her husband had acquired through the years.
“We just didn’t want to spend more than what was necessary and go before a judge to take our chances,” Gilbert said. “We’d heard of mediation and decided it was the best plan to try. You have to get through the blood-letting, to learn how to separate anger and reality and keep it focused on fairness.”
Gilbert is part of a growing trend in which splitting couples, still smarting from the shock of divorce and the toll of a slumping economy, are choosing to handle their own division of property.