Understand the ProcessThe first step in navigating divorce mediation is to understand the process. Divorce mediation is a voluntary process, meaning that both parties must agree to the mediation and actively participate in the process. The mediator is a neutral third-party who will helps the couple identify and discuss issues, come up with solutions, and reach an agreement. During the mediation, the mediator will help the couple negotiate and come to an agreement on issues such as division of assets and debts, child custody, child support, and alimony.
Prepare for the MediationIn order to have a successful outcome, it is important to prepare for the mediation. Each party should come to the mediation with a clear understanding of their goals and objectives. It is also important to come to the mediation with all relevant documents such as financial records, estate planning documents, and other important information.
Be Open & HonestThe mediation process requires both parties to be open and honest with each other. This includes discussing all issues and concerns in a respectful and honest manner. It is important to remember that the mediator is there to help the couple come to an agreement, and not to take sides. The mediator will help the couple identify issues and come up with solutions that are mutually beneficial.
Focus on SolutionsDuring the mediation, it is important to focus on solutions rather than assigning blame. The goal of the mediation is to come to an agreement that is mutually beneficial to both parties. Remember that the mediator is there to help the couple reach an agreement, and not to take sides.
Hire a Professional Mediator
Divorce mediation can be a difficult and emotionally draining experience. However, with the right preparation and understanding of the process, it can be a successful and cost effective way to reach an agreement. By understanding the process, preparing for the mediation, being open and honest, focusing on solutions, and hiring a professional mediator, couples can navigate divorce mediation for a successful outcome.
The most important part of navigating divorce mediation is to hire a professional mediator. A qualified mediator will have the experience and knowledge to help the couple reach an agreement that is in their best interests. Smith & Sturdivant, LLLC is a Honolulu-based family law firm that specializes in divorce mediation. Our experienced team is committed to helping couples come to an agreement that is in their best interests. Contact us today to learn more about our divorce mediation services and how we can help you reach a successful outcome.