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Things you should remember during divorce mediation

If you and your spouse are considering a divorce and questioning what methods to use in facilitating your decision, you are certainly not alone. Many California couples have the same question and your decision is entirely up to your personal preference, the needs of you and your spouse and the time you have available.

Mediation is one method that many people have found to be highly effective in making decisions, resolving differences and reaching amicable solutions that benefit each party. According to the Huffington Post, if you and your spouse do choose to utilize mediation as a resource, there are some valuable things you should remember. These include the following:

  • Be courteous: Often, mediation discussions will involve disagreements and contention. However, it is imperative that you remain calm and courteous, especially if the other party is not behaving the same way.
  • Be empathetic: Do your best to be sensitive to the feelings of your former spouse. Try to understand why they feel the way they do or why they have acted out a certain way.
  • Ask for verification: If you are confused about which topic is being discussed or suspect that your former spouse is not talking about the same issue as you are, ask for verification. Determining that all parties have a mutual understanding and are talking about the same topic can avoid wasted time and unnecessary frustration.
  • Practice humility: At times, you may need to admit that you were wrong or give up previous claims for the benefit of both parties. During these times, practice humility and be willing to concede when necessary.

When you are watchful about the way you behave and react during divorce mediation, you may be able to effectively help your cause, and you can feel better about the decisions that are made. For more information in regards to separating from your spouse, visit our web page. 

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