At Mediate Don’t Litigate in Denver, we understand that ending a marriage is a difficult yet common thing. In fact, there are over 800,000 divorces each year in the U.S.
While some divorces are long and drawn out in the courts, others can be settled amicably. One of the best ways to handle the dissolution of a marriage is in mediation. Preparing for divorce mediation can be easier when you follow these five steps.
1) Both Parties Should Agree on Mediation
First and foremost, it’s important that both parties agree to go forward with a mediation divorce. Mediation isn’t for everyone, so make sure that it’s right for you.
- Is the divorce mutual?
- Do you respect one another?
- Can you both control your emotions?
- Do you both want to preserve a relationship following the divorce?
These are just a few divorce mediation tips to consider.
2) What Are Your Goals
What do you hope to gain from mediation? What do you want to leave with and what are you willing to leave behind? Will one of you stay in the home or would you like to sell the house and go your separate ways? Do you have children? You need to think about how you would like custody arranged between the two of you.
There are a lot of things to consider and it’s important to know what your goals are when preparing for divorce mediation.
3) Be Informed
It’s important to be prepared and protect your assets. You need to create a list of your assets before you meet with divorce mediators. Make lists of physical property, personal property, bank accounts (including investments and retirement), everything. You need to account for everything that you own as well as everything that you owe. Don’t forget your W2s and any court documents.
4) Take Care of Yourself
Divorce is a stressful time and stress can affect your body. It’s important to remember to take care of yourself during the process, especially if you have children because they need you to be healthy.
Be sure that you are eating well and getting rest. It’s difficult to make life-altering decisions if you aren’t in a good place both mentally and emotionally. If you are suffering in these ways, you may consider therapy to help you through the process.
5) Remember Your Children
Divorce is a difficult thing for everyone involved. While children are resilient, you should still consider their feelings when you are deciding how to prepare for divorce. If possible, you need to have a united front when it comes to discussing your divorce with your children. When discussing your spouse, never disparage them in front of the children.
Ready to Schedule Divorce Mediation?
Getting a divorce can be a stressful situation, but preparing for divorce mediation with the right professional can make things easier.
If you are ready to take the next step and set up a divorce mediation, contact us today and let us help you resolve your concerns. We can help ensure that you successfully mediate your divorce and don’t have to endure a stressful, drawn-out court battle.