In many cases of divorce, especially if the marriage lasted for an extended period of time, it may be necessary to seek mediation. This will provide an opportunity to discuss and settle upon the details of the divorce. Mediation provides an easier and more productive way of going through a divorce rather than allowing the courts to make the final decision.
Mediation may be the best decision, however it is not always the easiest emotional thing to go through. You and your ex spouse will be expressing your needs, concerns and wishes to a mediator, who then works with both of your to come up with mutually agreed upon terms for the divorce and other family law matters.
Here are some words of advice to follow if you have found yourself facing mediation with an ex spouse. Following these tips can contribute to a smooth divorce mediation process, and a better outcome in the long run for you, your ex spouse, and any other family members or children involved.
Be Cordial And Polite
If there is an abundance of fighting and screaming between you and your spouse during the mediation process, it will prove to be unproductive. Be prepared to act cordial and polite and actively avoid any yelling, name calling or bantering.
Do Not Issue Ultimatums or Deadlines
Giving your spouse an ultimatum could irritate your spouse further, resulting in them walking out of mediation or refusing to continue. Issuing threats or deadlines is not the productive solution. Work with your mediator to discuss the issue back and forth and create a plan that works for both you and your spouse and is mutually agreed upon.
Prepare To Share Information
During the divorce proceedings, the lawyers for both parties will request information regarding finances from the other party. Do not refuse to share any of this information, as it will make you look guilty of hiding something. You are more likely to be offered a better settlement if you provide full disclosure of your finances from the start, even before it is requested.
For more information on the experience of a divorce mediation and how to keep yourself legally protected through divorce litigation, contact an experience Glendale divorce lawyer at The Sampair Group today.