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What to Request During Divorce Mediation

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What to Request During Divorce Mediation

There is no denying how stressful the divorce process can be. It can be sad, frustrating, and extremely overwhelming to think about embarking on one of the biggest life changes. Divorce mediation offers an affordable option to allow you and your ex to navigate your divorce without a lengthy and taxing court battle. If you have made the decision to settle your divorce using divorce mediation, here are some tips for what to look for and request during the process.

  • Be ready to ask for solutions that work for you: One of the major benefits of divorce mediation is that you and your spouse can find ways to settle your divorce that work best for you. The court system simply cannot provide this level of flexibility. When you go into the process, you should feel confident speaking for yourself, proposing solutions for you (and your children if applicable) that you think will be workable. It is often wise to think about this ahead of time so that you have your thoughts collected about your preferences. Prepare for your first mediation session by making lists of your assets and possessions so that the process can move quickly and efficiently.
  • Keep Your Kids’ Needs Your Priority: Your children should remain the focal point during your divorce proceedings. Request a custody agreement that will benefit them and keep them healthy.
  • Be willing to compromise: The foundation of mediation is compromise. You and your soon to be ex-spouse have selected this method to settle your divorce and both of you will need to be ready to work together to make decisions. This can work whether your divorce is amicable or contentious. Your divorce mediator can help facilitate a positive and productive discussion that will create an environment where compromise is possible.
  • Request experts if you need them: Just because you have decided to use mediation to settle your divorce does not necessarily mean that you do not need an attorney. You can use attorneys in divorce mediation proceedings as well as other experts including accountants and appraisers.

Minnesota Divorce Mediation Services

Lesa Koski is an experienced divorce mediator who can help you achieve your goals for mediation and solve the issues that are most important to you, your spouse and your children. Lesa is an excellent communicator and can make even the most complicated divorce achieve a peaceful resolution. If you have questions about the mediation process or would like to schedule a time to sit down and speak with Lesa about your case, call her today at 651-214-5157 or email [email protected].

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