What Do I Need to Know About Divorce Mediation?
Divorcing through litigation can be very stressful, which is why many spouses look towards alternative methods to do so. This can include mediation, a popular divorce method. In order to learn more about divorce mediation, continue reading and reach out to an experienced New Jersey divorce attorney.
How Do I Prepare For Divorce Mediation?
It is important to prepare for mediation beforehand so that you are not behind. This can include collecting important documentation, get appraisals for valuables, and do a written inventory of your assets. When making this list, be sure to include owned property, valuable possessions, business checking account information, and retirement account information. In addition to these assets, other documentation can include prenuptial or post-nuptial agreements and documents relating to any children, such as medical, educational, etc.
In some cases, a witness may be used to strengthen your case. This may be needed in situations of disputes over child custody or the division of assets. Witnesses can include an industry expert to value a business or a child psychologist to testify both parents’ suitability.
How Do I Plan for Mediation?
When going into mediation, having a thought out plan is imperative. This involves informing your attorney of what you feel you must have, what you would like to have, and what is not as important to you. For example, if your main concern is custody of your child, this should be stated in advance so that your attorney can structure your case around this.
While mediation is a more cooperative form of divorce, it is important to remember that it is also negotiation. When spouses come together in a room to discuss their marital issues, emotions can heighten and make conversations more difficult. However, letting your emotions get the best of you can hinder the process and frame you in poor light, possibly impacting your case. It is because of this that it is necessary to maintain your composure and keep a positive attitude at all times in order to complete the mediation process successfully.
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