Mediation provides a means for divorce settlement resolution that may reduce contention and hostility. Opting for mediation also reduces litigation and may help you settle your divorce case sooner.
Successful mediation means some considerations before you sit down at the table.
Know what you want
Before you attend any mediation sessions, take time to consider what matters to you in the process. If there are any specific assets or custody elements that are particularly important, those are the features to stand your ground for in the mediation process. Knowing what you want also helps you determine what you are willing to use as a bargaining chip to get those things that are most important.
Be open to discussion
Attending any mediation without a willingness to discuss the situation is pointless. Enter the mediation process with an open mind and be willing to negotiate each element in good faith. This gives you the best possible chance at a positive outcome for both of you.
Make your own decisions
One common misconception about mediation is that the mediator will make the final determinations. This is not true. The mediator is only there to guide the conversations and negotiations. You and your spouse make the final decisions.
Mediation helps you come to a final divorce settlement without the delays and stress of court appearances and a judge’s ruling. When you want to play an active role in your final divorce agreement, mediation provides you with that avenue. Start the process in good faith and make every effort to come to mutual agreements.