Not every divorce needs to go through the litigation process. If you and your spouse are interested in ending your marriage through more amicable and cooperative means, you may be considering mediation. Mediation allows spouses to dissolve their marriage by negotiating the terms of their divorce outside of court, along with the assistance of a neutral third-party mediator.
Once you and your spouse review the pros and cons of this process and agree to move forward with divorce mediation, you will need to prepare for it to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible, allowing you to end your marriage with ease. Continue reading to learn how you can best prepare for divorce mediation.
How to Prepare for Divorce Mediation
Your mediator’s job is to help facilitate peaceful and productive negotiations between you and your spouse. However, it is your responsibility to account for your assets, so this should be a top priority in terms of preparation. Create a list of your assets and property, including real property, vehicles, personal property, credit cards, bank accounts, retirement assets, stocks, life insurance policies, and anything else you may own.
You will also need to account for your recurring expenses, such as car loans, mortgage payments, credit card payments, student loans, and more. Getting this information right is not only helpful for you, but necessary for the financial affidavit you will submit, so make sure it is free from error.
When it comes to mediation, one of the most important ways in which you can prepare for it is by setting goals for yourself. During negotiations, you and your spouse will both have to make compromises, so it would be wise to consider what you are willing to walk away from and what you wish to remain steadfast on. If you fight tooth and nail on every issue, you will not make the most of this process, so it is essential to honestly ask yourself what you can give up. Chances are that you also have a fair idea of what is important to your spouse, so use this knowledge to your advantage.
Contact Our Family Law Team for the Experienced Guidance You Need Today!
If you are getting a divorce and you and your spouse agreed that mediation is the best approach, you will need to hire an experienced mediator to help you navigate the process. At Goldweber Epstein LLP, our skilled mediation team is committed to helping clients amicably dissolve their marriage, so they can move forward and pursue a happier future.
Reach out to our law office today at (917) 809-7669 to set up a consultation with a member of our team.