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Preparing for Divorce Mediation

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DuPage County divorce mediatorEnding a marriage is a complicated process, requiring spouses to separate nearly every aspect of their combined life and partnership. During divorce, couples must resolve a wide variety of legal issues, including how to divide marital assets and debts, how to allocate parental responsibility, and whether one spouse will pay spousal maintenance or child support to the other. Disagreements over these issues are likely to occur, and resolving these disputes in court can result in a great deal of financial strain and emotional difficulty. Luckily, there is another solution: mediation.

Successful Divorce Mediation

During mediation, spouses will work together with an impartial third party who will help them address and resolve the outstanding issues in their divorce. Mediation is completely confidential, and the decisions spouses make are only binding if both spouses agree to them in writing.

While a mediator can help you understand the issues which must be addressed during your divorce, it is important to be as prepared as possible when entering the mediation process. These steps can help you get ready for mediation:

  • Gather financial information - Since you will likely be making financial decisions regarding your assets and debts and the support you will pay or receive, it is important to have a full understanding of your financial situation. Prepare a list of the property you own and the debts you owe, as well as the balances of bank accounts, retirement funds, and loans. Creating a budget that accounts for your income and expenses will help you demonstrate your need for financial support or your ability to pay support.
  • Understand your rights - Speaking to a divorce attorney prior to mediation can help you make sure you are protecting your rights in decisions about marital property, parental responsibility, parenting time, child support, and spousal maintenance. Make sure you know the implications of the decisions made during mediation and your options for resolving issues when an agreement cannot be reached.
  • Be ready to compromise - While divorce can be an emotional process, it is best to try to approach mediation as rationally as possible, making decisions that will protect your family‚Äôs best interests and provide you with the resources you need in the future. Try to work to reach mutually beneficial decisions and reach compromises without being adversarial.
  • Ask questions - If you are unsure about anything being discussed, ask your mediator for clarification. A trained mediator will be able to help you understand how the law addresses your situation, and they can inform you about issues you may not have been aware of. If you are not comfortable discussing something in front of your spouse, you can ask to speak to the mediator privately.

Contact a Wheaton Divorce Mediator

At Anderson and Associates, P.C., our certified divorce mediation attorneys can work with you and your spouse to address the outstanding legal issues in your divorce. If you are unable to resolve any issues through mediation, we can provide you with representation and advocate for your interests in divorce court. Contact our DuPage County divorce lawyers at 630-653-9400 to set up a free consultation.




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