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Divorce mediation requires preparation

Posted on in Divorce

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Divorce mediation is a serious process that must be treated as such. When you are getting ready for mediation in a divorce case, you have to take the time to prepare for the process. This is a multi-step process that can take some time, so be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to get things ready before the first session.

You should get your financial records in order. This includes getting copies of anything that has to do with finances, including copies of debts and assets. For debts, get copies of paperwork that shows the balances and monthly payments that must be made. For the assets, you need to have current statements. This would be the case for retirement accounts, bank accounts and similar assets.

Next, you should learn about what rights and responsibilities you have throughout the process. Having this information ahead of time can help you to decide what you are going to do and how you are going to handle situations as you work through the mediation process. Seek out the assistance of someone familiar with the process to determine what you need to know.

Before you enter into the mediation session for the first time, make a budget. You need to find out what you can afford and what you can't afford. This is especially important if you are moving from two incomes to one. As you think about the assets that are being presented for you to keep, you can look at the budget and see if you have funds available to pay for any expenses with the asset, such as upkeep on a second home or insurance on a vehicle.

Finally, be sure that you keep a level head during the process. You can't let your emotions control you or your decisions. It will be all too easy for your ex to take control of the situation if you go into the process full of emotion.

Source: The Huffington Post, "How to Prepare for Your First Mediation Session — Your Eight Steps Plan," Dr. Michelle Rozen, accessed Nov. 10, 2016

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