Divorce is not always a walk in the park. Emotions can get out of control, circumstances may be difficult and agreeing on crucial issues can feel impossible.
Basically, every decision you make during the divorce mediation process can have a lasting impact on everyone involved – you, your ex and the children, if you have some. Here are two mistakes you want to steer clear of while mediating your divorce.
Letting your emotions get the better of you
Whether you are litigating or mediating your divorce, you should never, ever let your emotions take control. Of course, it is normal to go through an emotional roller-coaster during those uncertain times. However, it is important to understand that you need to keep a clear head to reach an amicable agreement on important issues like child custody and property division.
If you feel you cannot keep your emotions under wraps, be sure to seek counseling before getting to the mediation table.
Assuming that what you want is also best for your child
Your child’s needs and wants are different from yours. Of course, you love your child and would move mountains for them. However, this does not mean that you share similar needs. For instance, transferring your child to a new school after the divorce so you do not have to drive one hour to the job you do not want to lose isn’t necessarily about your child – it is about you. Likewise, moving in with your new lover within weeks or months after the divorce isn’t about your child.
The court takes the best interests of the child extremely seriously during the divorce. You should take it seriously too if you want your custody agreement to be approved.
Mistakes during divorce mediation can live with you for the rest of your life. Find out how you can protect your rights and interests while mediating your Texas divorce.