Going through a divorce can be a trying time. However, options and resources exist to smooth out the process.
The use of mediation instead of undergoing the divorce process in court is one of those options. If you are considering mediation, you should do a few things to make the mediation work for you.
Collect all documentation
Though you complete the mediation process out of court, a judge must still approve it once you complete it. Therefore, it is critical that you have all documentation together and present throughout the process. Financial documents are particularly important. Any documentation you may have of yours and your ex-spouse's assets may be beneficial for negotiations.
Communicate and negotiate
A proper mediation session will consist of both parties working together to come to terms of the division of their assets, with the assistance of an approved mediator. To aid in a successful mediation process, it is important that you be able to denote what you desire. Therefore, it would be beneficial to take some time before the mediation to determine what things are important to you, and what things you can compromise on. However, everything is negotiable, essentially, so it is important that you keep an open mind during the mediation.
Courts tend to discourage those who have a history of domestic violence within the relationship from undergoing mediation. Otherwise, mediation is viable and even encouraged. During the mediation process, try not to let your emotions take over. Especially if you are a parent, being able to keep a clear mind and focus on the needs of the child will be critical for certain elements of the divorce, such as child custody and support determinations.
Though these tips can help you through the mediation process, it can still be strenuous. Staying focused and keeping the end goal in mind may help you to weed through the various aspects of the process as quickly as possible.