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When you think of mediators in a divorce, you probably think about a mediator in between a husband and wife, but things are changing, and it has a lot to do with the economy.

War of the Rose, the 80's blockbuster, took us on a painful journey through an over-the-top adversarial divorce, but divorce doesn't have to break your china or your bank account.

Robin Perrigo is a non-attorney mediator. She started her own company "road to Resolution" after going through her own divorce.

"I did not realize there was another alternative out there which is what I consider roundtable mediation, which is a mediator , a neutral third party who works with the couples attorneys," says Perrigo.

The average cost for a divorce using an attorney us about $20,000 and can be much more. Robin says her clients typically spend $2,500 to hammer out the agreement.

Perrigo says, "Generally people chose mediation to save money. My goal as a mediator is not only to save them money but to save them time and save them emotional turmoil, unnecessary emotional turmoil."

Perrigo helps divorcing couples navigate their new relationship with as little financial damage as possible.

"It's problem solving, you sit down, you roll up your sleeves pull out your calculators and your problems and you problem solve," say Perrigo.

Perrigo and her fiance ANdy have a blended family. Working out the child custody plan for couples with families is at the heart of her work.

"I often say when I start my mediation with my clients, I'm not an advocate for you, I'm not an advocate for you, I am an advocate for the children. Divorce can be a very lengthy process if you let it be, it's a matter of can you come to a resolution.

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