Going Through A Divorce? What You Need To Know About Mediation

If you've reached a point where salvaging your marriage is no longer feasible, it's time to weigh your options. In most cases, you have three options. Those include mediation, collaboration, and trial. If you and your spouse are still on good terms, it's time to talk to your attorney about mediation. Mediation is one of your best options when you're dealing with an amicable divorce. If you've decided to try online mediation for your divorce, now's the time to prepare. There are steps you need to go through for your mediation. That's why you should sit down with your attorney. They can explain the steps of online mediation to you. Here is some information that will help you understand the mediation process. 

Intake Interview

Your mediation will start with an intake interview. During this process, the mediator will explain their part in the mediation process. They'll also explain your responsibilities. During the intake interview, be sure to ask any questions you might have about the process. That way, you're prepared for the next steps. 

Information Gathering

Once the intake interview is completed, the mediator will gather as much information as possible. Some of that information includes division of assets and spousal support. If you have children, the mediator will also need to gather information about custody and support. 

Needs and Interests

As part of the mediation process, the mediator will want to discuss your needs and interests. During this stage, the mediator will discuss your goals and desired outcome for mediation. This is a way for the mediator to find common ground between you and your spouse. If there's a common ground, the mediator can use that as a starting point for mediation. 

Negotiate Settlement

If you've decided on mediation, settlement negotiations are the last phase of the process. This stage of the process can be lengthy, especially if there are a lot of details to work out. Because of the time involved in the process, it's not uncommon for hostilities to erupt. Luckily, there are ways to prevent hostilities during the negotiations. One way to do that is to be willing to compromise. Another way to avoid hostilities is to be patient with the process. It's also a good idea to communicate with your attorney. That way, you can stay on the same page during the negotiations. 

Don't let hostilities interfere with your divorce. The information provided here will help you prepare for mediation.

Contact a lawyer to learn more about online divorce mediation.