Mediation can be an effective tool when resolving various aspects of the divorce. Unlike a litigated divorce (where the court assumes full control of the process), mediation allows the divorcing couple to take charge of their divorce and agree on various issues with the help of a trained mediator and their legal representatives.
However, divorce mediation is not for everyone. For mediation to work, both parties must commit to certain key principles. These include transparency, the desire for a settlement and the children’s best interests. Here are two tips that can help successfully mediate your divorce:
Prepare yourself by learning more
You need to acquaint yourself with the Texas divorce process. This will help you effectively negotiate aspects like child custody, spousal support and property division. Knowing how the law works can help you better understand the strengths and weaknesses of your position as you move forward with negotiations.
Learn to compromise on your position
One of the cornerstones of divorce mediation is the willingness to compromise. It is important to understand that you will not get everything you want during the mediation process. Think about the long-term implications of the concessions you will make or the things you will want to fight for. A good rule of thumb would be to ask the question, “Will this matter to me 5 or 10 years from now?”
Divorce is, in and of itself, a difficult process. Knowing your rights and obligations can help you mediate a divorce settlement that will work for everyone involved.