More and more couples are shunning litigated divorce for mediation. And there is a good reason for this. Unlike litigation, mediation is less stressful, cost-effective and private.
However, for divorce mediation to work, you must get it right. Here are three tips that can help you mediate your divorce successfully.
Commit to the process
Divorce mediation is basically a voluntary undertaking. Thus, the only way you can successfully mediate the sticky issues surrounding your divorce is by taking the process seriously from the onset. Remember, you don’t have to be friends with your spouse to hold a successful mediation. Rather, it means that you should be ready to have a meaningful conversation regarding your divorce. In other words, both parties must agree to participate in the mediation process wholeheartedly.
Understand the law
Once you have agreed to mediate your divorce, you need to do your homework. This involves understanding how various aspects of Tennessee divorce laws such as property division and child custody and visitation laws among others work.
Still on the law, it is important that you take an audit of the marital property. You will be required to make full disclosure of the marital assets, so the sooner you begin working on this, the better. Besides, this will help you spot any attempts by your spouse to hide marital assets.
Think about the children
Kids are known to be quite resilient. However, divorce can take a serious toll on their well-being. Regardless of your child’s age, it is important that you put their best interests ahead of your own during the mediation process. Agree on how you will raise your child together despite your divorce.
Divorce, even the most amicable one, can be difficult to go through. Find out how you can use mediation to settle your divorce.