While mediation is often touted as a less stressful option for divorcing couples that does not mean that the process does not require work. In this post we will provide information regarding what people entering into divorce mediation should know for the best chance of securing a positive outcome.
The first is that it is important to select a mediator who you feel can handle the matter in an impartial manner. He or she should have the experience necessary to handle the divorce mediation. In selecting a person it may be a good idea to check with others who have used the mediator in the past to determine what they thought of the person.
Second, just like people are advised to do when going to court to divorce, spouses should spend some time gathering financial information that could be relevant to the divorce. In addition to bank statements, brokerage-account information and tax returns should be pulled together. In addition, a list of liabilities and assets should be drafted. Taking the time to gather this information beforehand can provide divorcing couples with a good idea as to what they are entitled to.
Emotions often run high when a relationship is ending. While mediation may be less stressful than going to court, it is still important to prepare for the process emotionally.
Some people find it hard to be face to face with the person they are splitting up with in the course of resolving issues related to ending the marriage. It is possible that during the process things will be said that are hurtful. Taking time to prepare ahead of time could help to keep things on track.
Showing empathy when appropriate could have a positive impact on the final outcome as well. One spouse being willing to offer an apology or thanks might be all that is needed to get the other spouse to move on an issue that is stalling the process.
While mediation can work for many divorcing couples there are situations where it does not lead to the resolution of the issue. Because this sometimes happens it is important for couples to know what their options are. While some will end up going to court others will end up in arbitration.
Regardless of the method used to finalize a divorce it is generally advisable to work with a lawyer.