Divorce is an extensive process that can be quite stressful. However, there are certain options that can make the process smoother, such as mediation.
There are certain advantages to utilizing mediation during a divorce. To fully access those benefits, it is a good idea to prepare for the mediation process properly.
Collect necessary documentation
As with regular divorce proceedings, during mediation, you determine how to split assets. Therefore, both parties must divulge all marital assets for the process. To aid in making things quicker, collect all the necessary documentation denoting assets for the divorce.
Select a mediator
Though a judge will review the mediation and make the ultimate decision on the validity of the divorce, the mediator walks the two parties through the entire process. Therefore, selecting the right mediator is key. There are specific state requirements for a mediator, and it may be beneficial to become familiar with them. Also, you should select a mediator you are comfortable with, since you will be sharing intimate details about your life and finances with this person. There are some attorneys who serve as mediators as well, which may be beneficial, considering an attorney’s extensive knowledge of the law.
Establish proper goals
Taking some time to think about the specific things you desire to maintain or establish can help you to go into mediation with clear goals in mind. For instance, parents will need to discuss child custody and support. Having an idea of your desired custody terms may aid in speeding the process along. However, keep in mind that the process is vastly a negotiation, so you may have to compromise to come to an amicable decision that both parties can agree to.
Implementing these elements can help you prepare for your divorce mediation. However, they are not the only things to note, and every divorce is different. Consider the best ways you can work with your soon-to-be-ex-spouse to better create the best possible scenario for your mediation process.