Mediation provides a more collaborative, usually less contentious resolution of a divorce case. When you are ready to settle your divorce but want to avoid drawn out litigation in court or trial, mediation might work for you, especially if you and your spouse fully commit to the process and making reasonable compromises.
There are a few tips to help ensure success.
Practice active listening
Active listening is a crucial skill for successful mediation. When you listen to the other party and recognize their needs, concerns and point of view, it helps you better understand their position. This often encourages empathy and makes it easier for both of you to reach mutually agreeable decisions.
Communicate openly and honestly
Mediation works best when all parties involved focus on honest, open communication. The only way to resolve problems and conflicts is by being honest about your feelings and your position. When both parties in mediation feel encouraged to communicate in an open, honest environment, they may feel safer about engaging, making compromises, and reaching a settlement.
Step out of the traditional settlement box
One benefit of mediation to settle your divorce is the creativity it allows in your agreement. Mediation provides an opportunity for brainstorming and challenging the status-quo (or traditional litigation resolutions) so that you can find solutions that work for your situation.
Mediation offers many benefits and often simplifies your divorce settlement process. It allows you to be an active part of creating the outcome. Consider these tips as you approach the process to improve your chances of a successful, positive experience. Work with a mediator to create a custom settlement designed specifically for your situation.