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Avoid this common mistake when choosing mediation for divorce

On Behalf of | May 9, 2024 | Divorce |

Divorce is often portrayed as a battle, with each party preparing for a contentious fight in court. However, many couples seek a different path, one that promises a less combative and more collaborative resolution: mediation.

This alternative approach to divorce encourages mutual decision-making and problem-solving. Yet, even with its numerous advantages, mediation is not without its pitfalls. One of the most common mistakes couples make when entering mediation is underestimating the emotional toll of the divorce process itself. The emotional strain can lead to decision fatigue, impaired judgment, and may deeply affect the outcomes of the mediation.

How can this impact mediation?

Before diving into the logistics of the divorce like property division and child custody arrangements, it is important for those going through a divorce to acknowledge and prepare for the emotional toll that comes with these discussions.

Many individuals find themselves emotionally drained, which can lead to:

  • Decision fatigue, causing rash or regrettable decisions, and
  • Overlooking long-term implications for temporary relief.

It is not uncommon to experience a wide range of emotions, from anger to sadness, and these feelings can cloud judgment. It is important to maintain a clear head when making decisions that will shape your future.

How can I prepare for the emotional impact of the divorce?

Before starting the mediation process, or even during it, individuals can take proactive steps to brace themselves for the emotional toll. Building resilience is often the key to getting through the divorce with clarity and purpose. The following tips can help build emotional strength to make it through the process:

  • Counseling: Professional therapy or counseling can provide a safe space to process emotions and develop coping strategies. Techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, or yoga can also help maintain emotional balance and reduce stress.
  • Support: Lean on friends, family, or support groups to provide comfort and perspective during this challenging time.
  • Realistic expectations: Although those who choose to move forward with mediation are already taking steps to reduce the risk of conflict during the divorce, it is important to remember that the process will have ups and downs. Anticipate challenges and prepare to face them.
  • Education: Knowledge is empowering. Familiarize yourself with the mediation process and legal implications to reduce uncertainty and anxiety.

By equipping oneself with these tools, an individual can approach mediation not only with legal preparedness but also with emotional readiness, leading to more thoughtful and stable decision-making. Remember, the aim of mediation is not only to dissolve a marriage legally but also to pave the way for healing and a positive new beginning.