If a couple decides to get a divorce through mediation, one or both of the spouses may not be sure what to expect. Some people may want to know what they can do to prepare for mediation so the process can be as efficient as possible. It is important to be both mentally and physically prepared because getting divorced is a huge step in a person’s life.
It is important to mentally prepare by understanding that yes, this is an emotional process but it is also important to try not to let your emotions get in the way of the end goal. You will have to be ready to make compromises and listen to what your spouse has to say. Communication is key in mediation. You should also make your desires known so your spouse takes what you want into consideration as well. Mediation has to be a two-way street in order to be successful.
You may also want to physically prepare financial documents such as a statement of net worth because it can help the process move more quickly. Hire an experienced divorce attorney and a mediator that can walk you through the steps to a successful mediation. You may want to meet with your attorney before starting mediation because you will have the opportunity to tell them which forms of relief you will be seeking, such as child custody, child support, or spousal support.
If you need assistance with a mediated divorce, contact our firm today.
Leslye M. Schlesinger is an experienced New City, NY collaborative divorce attorney and mediator serving Rockland and Westchester County. Ms. Schlesinger has over 30 years of experience. If you need her quality legal services, contact her New City office for a consultation.