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Things To Do To Prepare for Divorce Mediation


If you and your spouse have made the decision to get divorced and don’t want to go to divorce court, one of the options available to you is divorce mediation. Divorce mediation entails working with a neutral third party known as a mediator. The role of a mediator is to help divorcing spouses reach a mutually agreeable agreement regarding their divorce settlement. The mediator facilitates communication and cooperation between the divorcing parties, allowing them to make decisions about crucial issues such as timesharing, alimony, and property division. Divorce mediation offers several benefits, including faster resolution, reduced cost, greater control, and confidentiality.

In order to ensure things go according to plan, it is important to prepare for divorce mediation. Preparing for divorce mediation can ensure things go smoothly. The following are some of the crucial things to do to prepare for divorce mediation;

  1. Learn About Divorce Laws

It is crucial that before you start the mediation process, you take time to familiarize yourself with the divorce laws in your jurisdiction. Familiarize yourself with rules governing issues like property division, timesharing, child support, and alimony.

  1. Find the Right Mediator

The second thing to do is to find the right person for the job. Before choosing a mediator to work with, do your research and interview several mediators. You can interview potential mediators alone or with your soon-to-be ex-spouse. Ensure the mediator you choose has the proper professional qualifications. Look for someone with experience in divorce mediation. The mediator should be a skilled communicator. Additionally, you should choose someone who makes you feel comfortable.

  1. Gather Necessary Information

Gathering necessary information is one of the most crucial steps in preparing for divorce mediation. The information you need to collect depends on your specific circumstances. Some of the information you may need to gather include financial information, such as income statements, bank statements, expense records, and statements for retirement or investment accounts, and legal documents, such as pre- or post-nuptial agreements.

  1. Compile a List of Assets and Debts

Mediation can help you decide how to divide marital property. To come to a fair conclusion, you need a list of all marital assets and debts. When you have a list of all marital assets and debts in front of you, you can work out the math with the mediator and reach an agreement that is beneficial for both you and your ex-spouse, as well as your children (if applicable).

  1. Prepare a List of Questions

Before your first divorce mediation session, prepare a list of questions or concerns you may want to address during the mediation. This can ensure all important issues are discussed and resolved.

  1. Consult an Attorney

Lastly, consult with a divorce attorney. An attorney can help you understand your legal rights and obligations. During the mediation process, feel free to consult with or retain an attorney at any point.

Contact Our Lakeland Divorce Attorney Today

At Darla K. Snead, P.L., we can help you prepare for divorce mediation. We can guide you through every step and help protect your rights and best interests. Call us at (863) 619-5291 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation and speak with a Lakeland mediation lawyer.

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