Recently on the blog we discussed divorce mediation and how it can prove to be a beneficial process for you and your family. There’s not doubt that working with your spouse and a mediator can save you a lot of time and money, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s going to be easy. The divorce process is often fraught with emotional challenges that can make it difficult to navigate toward fair and favorable resolution. But there are some things you can do in preparation for mediation that might make the process go a little smoother.
Issues to consider prior to mediation
You shouldn’t walk into your divorce mediation without a plan. So, with that in mind, before you sit down with your spouse and a mediator, consider each of the following issues:
- What do you need for stability post-divorce? In every divorce, each spouse has certain things that they absolutely need to survive post-divorce. This may be a certain amount of money to provide financial stability, or even a vehicle to ensure that one of the spouse’s can make it to work or take the children to school. Know what these assets are beforehand so that you can set your goalposts.
- What do you really want out of your divorce? Outside of the things that you need, there are probably certain things that you want. Spousal support, child custody, and particular marital assets come to mind. This is where much of the negotiation is going to occur in your mediation. So, know what you want so that you know what your goals are moving forward.
- What does your spouse need and want? If you can anticipate what your spouse’s position will be before mediation, then you can develop a negotiation strategy and potentially leverage those needs and wants to get a more favorable outcome for yourself.
Be thorough in your preparation
Divorce mediation is a thorough process, which can leave some people feeling overwhelmed. But through strong preparation, you can put your mind at ease and know that you have a strategy that will work for you. Hopefully then you can move past this chapter of your life and focus on the future ahead.