The decision to end a marriage comes with an array of issues to resolve. For people striving for an amicable divorce, mediation often eases associated stresses.
On average, 59 divorces happened every day in the state in 2020, according to the Washington State Department of Health. Mediation offers a way to minimize the time and money spent during the process. To ensure a smooth resolution, especially for couples with children, consider the following three tips.
1. Prepare ahead of time
For mediation to work, both parties need to take the time to collect all pertinent information. This includes assets, living expenses, court documents and financial statements. Additionally, develop a list of vital topics, such as child custody and personal item allocation. Along with bringing these documents, prepare mentally. Mediation takes time and requires patience.
2. Share all financial information
A mediator needs to know about all assets, loans, credit cards and other financial accounts to ensure a fair resolution. Not disclosing information, whether on accident or purpose, often leads to the other party getting frustrated. Since mediation revolves around compromise, sharing information remains a key ingredient.
3. Focus on balanced compromise
Mediation requires compromise, but that does not mean a person must give in on all topics. Prepare a list of non-negotiable and negotiable items with the understanding that some may require a lengthy discussion. When it comes to essential rights, avoid giving in simply for money to avoid potential litigation issues down the road. On the flip side, maintain the attitude that some items will require severing ties.
Mediation offers a less formal way to make a final separation. Doing so helps gives both sides a better understanding and may enhance long-term communication.