Richard E. Fowlks, Attorney at Law

Preparation is the key during mediation

One of the more common ways to resolve a divorce is through the use of the mediator. This person is an impartial third party who works to keep you on track, so you can move through all the points necessary to finalize your divorce. This can include everything from property division to child custody matters.

It is imperative that you prepare for the mediation session before you go into the mediator's office. This includes gathering the documents that you might need during the day, making decisions about what you feel are the important issues so you can focus on those during the meeting and ensuring that you have an idea of what you're willing to settle for during the process.

The sessions with the mediator can last anywhere from an hour or two up to half a day. The number of sessions depends on how many issues you and your ex have to work through, as well as how well you're willing to negotiate with each other.

If you and your ex can't work through the matters of your divorce with the mediator, you will have to go through a divorce trial. This is often a costlier option that takes a lot longer. Not only do you have to work through building your case you also have to wait for a spot to open on the court docket.

No matter, you must ensure that you are protecting yourself throughout the process. Understanding your options and how they might affect you can help. Creating a plan before your first session might help you feel more secure and less stressed.

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