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Preparing to Mediate Your Divorce

What steps should I take before my divorce mediation?

Divorce can be a complicated and high-stress situation. For many couples that have made the decision to divorce amicably and now want the process completed quickly, mediation may present a wonderful alternative to a traditional litigious divorce. Mediation is defined as the process by which the divorcing parties and their attorneys meet with a neutral mediator who is trained in the art of mediation and Texas divorce law. The parties then work towards reaching an agreement that resolves all issues of the divorce.

Mediation can save divorcing spouses considerable money and time, but it is not right for everyone. You need to enter mediation with a clear understanding of the central divorce issues and what you wish to achieve. If you are heading towards divorce, consider taking the following steps to prepare for the mediation process:

  1. Decide whether you want to mediate: Before you ever formally enter into mediation, you will want to make sure mediation is right for you. Mediation is voluntary. You and your spouse must agree to mediation. You should weigh the pros and cons of mediation with your divorce attorney to determine if it is in your best interests.
  2. Gather documentation: You need to enter the mediation with adequate evidence to support the issues you plan to address. You will want to have a list of your assets and debts, along with proof of your income. Thorough documentation will prove essential when it comes to reaching an agreement on issues like property division.
  3. Decide your range of acceptable alternatives: You need to come to your divorce mediation with a detailed understanding of what your goals are and what alternatives you may find acceptable. Write down your hard line stance on the issues that matter most to you. Prepare to compromise where you can. Having a goal in mind will help to ensure you are not overwhelmed during negotiations and can fight for what you want to achieve.

Selecting an experienced divorce attorney and a fair mediator will significantly improve your ability to effectively mediate your divorce. Get started with the divorce process today by contacting a divorce attorney in your area.