Divorce mediation offers several advantages over traditional litigation. It typically costs less, does not take as long and gives you control over the process. The settlement does not become binding until you and your former spouse both sign it.
Nevertheless, there is a chance that the mediation process could fail. To prevent this from happening in your divorce, SF Gate offers some tips to help your divorce mediation succeed.
1. Gather your financial documents
The more complete, accurate and accessible your financial documents are, the easier it is to negotiate property division, child support and other economic matters. Therefore, it is a good idea for you to gather and organize these documents prior to the mediation.
2. Choose the right mediator
Unlike litigation, in which you would have no control over the judge assigned to your case, you can choose your own divorce mediator. This choice deserves careful consideration so you can find someone equipped to handle your particular needs.
3. Keep your emotions in check
Even if you divorce amicably, the process can bring up a lot of hurt and raw emotions. For the mediation to succeed, you need to be able to maintain emotional control. If this sounds challenging, keep in mind that you can ask for a break any time you feel you need one during the process.
Furthermore, you do not necessarily have to spend the entire mediation process in a room with your soon-to-be ex-spouse. The mediator may hold some joint sessions and some one-on-one sessions with each party. You are not present when the mediator is meeting with your ex, or vice versa.