In certain circumstances, divorce mediation is a requirement in California. While each situation is different, many divorcing couples are able to reach agreements through mediation negotiation and conversation rather than having a court or judge decide everything for them.
In this issue, the San Diego family law attorneys with the Men’s Legal Center will share advice for ensuring your divorce mediation experience is a successful one.
If you’re considering divorce, a qualified and experienced San Diego family law attorney is the smart move for the best possible outcome. Here at the Men’s Legal Center, we’ve earned our reputation for going above and beyond to help Californians successfully navigate their way to their post-divorce lives.
Keys to Making Divorce Mediation a Success
Avoid thoughts of the “committee.”
While it’s helpful in so many ways to lean on your support system during your divorce, some people can fall into the trap of placing too much importance on what their friends and relatives consider the “ideal” result of your case.
The key is to focus on an agreement you can live with – not on what others say is acceptable.
Be prepared for long hours.
While attorneys are accustomed to long hours of negotiation, not everyone’s mind is wired that way. Your mediation sessions may be quick and easy, or they may last for a while.
Take the time to tell your story.
Taking advantage of the time to get emotional stress and complaints off your chest is a valuable thing – especially when talking with your mediator, a neutral party who needs to understand the dynamic between you and your spouse or partner.
This can help greatly to negotiate creative solutions to problems.
Prepare to go to court…just in case.
One of the best ways to getting the agreement or settlement you want is for you and your divorce lawyer to thoroughly prepare as if a settlement is not possible. This approach ensures that you will have a master list of assets, possessions, financial documents, etc.
Once you know exactly what you have, you’ll be in a better position to set goals for your divorce mediation.
For divorce mediation in San Diego, call the Men’s Legal Center.
Even if it’s court-mandated, divorce mediation can be a powerfully important option for you and your spouse or partner. For one thing, it puts both of you in control of the divorce agreement, rather than a court or judge.
For more information about divorce mediation in San Diego, get in touch with us here at the Men’s Legal Center.