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Topics for consideration as you prepare for divorce mediation

If you have never gone through divorce mediation before, but have decided to give it a try, you may be a little nervous in the days leading up to the mediation. In general, it is a good idea to prepare by making sure you understand the rules of the mediation process and setting aside all the documents you may need.

However, during the mediation process, you may be asked difficult questions, and considering some of those questions ahead of time may help you feel more prepared for the mediation process. Mentally preparing for mediation can also help you to remain respectful to different perspectives and open to new solutions, which are both important factors when trying to reach a successful resolution.

Understanding your own perspective

Some of the topics you can contemplate ahead of time should be focused on helping you better articulate your perspective and your needs during the mediation process.

Consider asking yourself the following questions:

  • What is the conflict about for you?
  • What do you want to accomplish in mediation?
  • What would have to happen for you to feel satisfied with the outcome of the mediation?
  • If you do not reach an agreement in mediation, what is most likely to happen, and how comfortable are you with that outcome?

Considering other perspectives

Considering the perspectives of others can also be beneficial to the mediation process. If you have a child, this may mean considering how the dispute may affect your child and what your child’s best interests are.

It also means considering the perspective of your spouse. Does thinking about the conflict from your spouse’s perspective change your understanding of it? What issues do you and your spouse agree on? Which ones do you disagree on? What do you think your spouse needs to be satisfied with the outcome of the mediation?

There are many benefits to utilizing divorce mediation. However, you can help your mediation be as successful as possible if you arrive with a clear understanding of your perspective, show respect toward your spouse’s perspective and remain open to new ideas.

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