While slightly less taxing than traditional proceedings, divorce mediation can still pose a real challenge. Accordingly, the attorneys at Brandau & Waltz Law Offices LLP in La Crosse, WI, explain that being prepared lessens the stress surrounding the process. Here they share some insight about what steps you can take to ensure efficiency and the best possible outcome.
How to be Ready for Divorce Mediation
Have Realistic Expectations
It’s important to be aware of how rare it is for both parties to get the outcome they desire; so, walk in ready to compromise. Make a list of your priorities and consider all the possible outcomes to devise an alternative in case your expectations can’t be met. Working together is crucial during mediation, as failure to come to terms could derail the entire process.
During divorce mediation, it’s important to take notes and record every discussion. Notes should be detailed, including the agreements reached, terms introduced, and what each party is responsible for. Don’t rely entirely on your representatives, as there may be specific points you find important that you’ll want to return to or discuss at a later time.
Make Copies of Documentation
It’s highly recommended that you retain copies of all documentation provided to the divorce mediator. Your attorney is usually charged with forwarding these documents, and can provide you a copy to review and ensure all the information is accurate. This is usually done before the date of your mediation. Though your lawyer will advocate on your behalf, it’s still beneficial to play an active role during mediation and communicate any issues or concerns you may have.
There are different types of mediation in Wisconsin. Attempted mediation is mandatory when there are unresolved issues of child custody or placement. If mediation is unsuccessful, your attorney will advise on further steps that involve the court. Mediation on financial issues (support or property division) are voluntary, but are often very helpful in resolving matters or narrowing down issues that require court involvement. Parties who effectively use mediation are often more comfortable with the solutions than when a judge imposes a decision on the family. Each State has its own rules and requirements for how to mediate a matter..
If you are beginning the process of divorce mediation and require assistance, the team at Brandau & Waltz Law Offices LLP brings to the table more than five decades of legal experience. They offer personalized service and assist their clients through all phases of their case. Learn more about the firm online. If you’d like to schedule a consultation, call (608) 784-2050 today to speak with a skilled and knowledgeable representative.