If you are preparing for a divorce, one of the most cost-effective and fastest options you can consider is a mediated divorce. Both parties and their legal counsels meet with a neutral mediator to discuss and agree on the various aspects of the divorce.
As with any high-stakes process, proper preparation is key to the success of divorce mediation. Below are some tips to help you prepare for your divorce mediation sessions.
Be forthright about your finances
Both parties must be truthful about the finances for mediation to work. Any attempt to hide marital property can seriously jeopardize the process. Besides, hiding marital assets could land you in trouble with the court and end up reducing how much you get to keep.
Put your children’s best interests first
Regardless of the state of the relationship, both parents need to keep their children’s emotional and physical needs as their primary concern. This should inform every decision the parents make. Mediating a custody and visitation plan that puts the children’s best interests first can go a long way to minimizing any adverse effects divorce has on your children.
Avoid blaming each other
While you may attribute the collapse of your marriage to your spouse’s actions, or inaction, you should avoid doing this during mediation. Blaming each other during these difficult moments will only raise tensions and could interfere with your ability to negotiate your divorce.
Successful divorce mediation requires thorough preparation. Consider legal help to find out more about how you can protect your rights and interests when going through a divorce.