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Making your mediation work for you

by | Oct 29, 2018 | Firm News

Going through a divorce can be an emotional and lengthy process. Thankfully, there are certain options available that can help to alleviate some of the stress and strenuous aspects of the divorce proceedings.

Mediation is one of those alternatives and can be beneficial. To get the most out of your mediation, there are a few things you should do.

Select your mediator carefully

Choosing the right mediator is essential to your mediation process. Not only do you want to select a mediator who meets Florida’s standards of professional conduct, but you should also be comfortable with the mediator. You will be reviewing and discussing intimate details of your finances and family with this person. Therefore, you should select someone who you believe will be unbiased through the process.

Be prepared

There are several decisions you will have to make during the mediation process. By making yourself familiar with them beforehand, you can properly prepare your proposals for the various decisions. To be successful, it is important to not only note and consider what you want and need, but also the desires and necessities of your ex-spouse. When you make your decisions with this mindset, you may develop more reasonable solutions that you both can agree to.

Gauge your emotions

Mediation can help to avoid the time, finances and energy of regular divorce proceedings. However, some of the emotional energy from the divorce may still make its way into the mediation room. To keep the process going and to reach completion, it is critical that you and your ex-spouse gauge and control your emotions. Keeping emotions in check can help you to make rational and fair decisions that you can live with peaceably.

By incorporating these things throughout your mediation process, you can make it efficient, and most importantly make it work for you. In general, it may also be beneficial to familiarize yourself with the divorce laws in Florida.

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