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Basic steps to prepare for divorce mediation

When people in Texas are going through a divorce it can be a difficult time, and there can be animosity between the spouses. There is a reason that the couple is divorcing, and it usually means that they are no longer able to reach agreements on various issues. So, it is no surprise that they can have difficulties reaching agreements during the divorce. That is why some situations divorce mediation can be a very effective tool, especially for couples who are trying to keep costs down during the process.

Divorce mediation is a process where a third party neutral meets with the spouses and helps facilitate discussions and negotiations on various issues. However, the mediator does not make any decisions for the spouses and they are still in complete control over the agreements reached at the mediation.

It is important to be prepared for the mediation though to make sure that it is an effective and useful process for the spouses. One of the issues in any divorce is asset division. So, it is important to come to a mediation session with all the necessary financial documentation for the various assets that the spouses own. This allows both spouses to have accurate numbers, and they can simply focus on the division of those assets.

It is also important to come ready to negotiate and not simply prepare to argue for what they want in the divorce. To help this process it is also important to try and keep one's emotions under control and come ready to make rational decisions as opposed to emotional decisions. However, one also needs to have a good understanding of the law and their rights, so they know which issues they can push on and which ones they need to concede.

Divorce mediation in Texas can be a very useful tool. To help make sure the spouses properly utilize the mediation though it is important that the spouses come prepared. Attorneys also understand the value of mediation and may be a useful resource for one going through the process.

Source: The Huffington Post, "How to prepare for your first mediation session - your eight steps plan" Dr. Michelle Rozen, Sept. 18, 2017

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