Obtaining a divorce is a huge decision that comes with certain stresses before the process has even begun. More and more people are opting to utilize mediation, as a means of keeping conflict to a minimum.
When approached in the right manner, mediation can see all parties leaving with a fair settlement. Nonetheless, the process relies on collaboration and a non-adversarial approach. The following errors could jeopardize your divorce mediation.
The optics of a battle
On TV shows, news reports and social media posts, divorce is often portrayed as a battle. Generally, this is no longer the case and an adversarial process is usually to the detriment of all parties.
Try to enter the mediation with an open mind. If you have any questions, make sure you bring them up with your support network in plenty of time. Mediation is all about reaching equitable solutions, and you’ll find this almost impossible if you enter the proceedings with an adversarial mindset.
Being cagey with finances
Not only is it ethical to be open about your financial situation during divorce, but full disclosure is also a legal requirement.
You may think that you are protecting yourself by setting some savings aside and keeping them to yourself. Perhaps you have gifted some money to a relative, who is to return it to you once the divorce is finalized? Such measures will only serve to jeopardize proceedings, not to mention, that you may land yourself in trouble with the law.
If you’re open and honest about your financial standing, legal teams can help both parties to reach a settlement that works for everyone.