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Get ready for the mediation of your divorce

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Mediation is the way that many divorces are resolved. If you are in the middle of a divorce or think that your marriage is heading toward one, now might be a good time to learn about mediation. One thing that is important is that you take the time to prepare for mediation.

Divorce mediation is process that allows you and your ex to try to come up with the terms of the divorce. While this might not seem like something pleasant, it can actually help you to have control over the divorce and get it over with faster since you don't have to wait on a trial date to be set in front of the court.

Before you go into the first mediation session, you need to do your homework. Find out what assets need to be divided. Determine how you want to handle each one. You might have some assets that you aren't willing to part with at any cost and others that you really don't care about. Make a list of which is which.

Make sure that you determine how you will handle your ex during the mediation. There is a chance that he or she will do things just to get under your skin. You can't let your ex's antics have an effect on how you handle the case. Instead, figure out what you are going to do and act on that. You might decide that you need to take time to calm down if your ex starts acting out or even mediate in separate rooms. Just let the mediator know if this is what you need.

The more you prepare before the session, the less stress you will likely feel. Don't think of the time as wasted. Instead, think of it as an investment in your future.

Source: Our Family Wizard, "Preparing for Divorce Mediation," accessed Feb. 23, 2018

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