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Divorce mediation: Get your list ready

Being prepared for situations that could be challenging is a tactic that may make the going less stressful. When a California couple decides to divorce, they may choose the route of divorce mediation to settle their issues, rather than having to face litigation. Making a list of things that need to be discussed can be helpful in creating successful mediation sessions.

In creating a list, important issues should be listed in order of priority — the ones that are most concerning are at the top and they could include issues that concern children like holidays, school, etc. The list could also include things that have been uncomfortable to talk about one-on-one with a soon-to-be former spouse. If each individual knows what is going to be discussed at mediation sessions, then one list should do, but if not, two lists could be brought to the session — one which is more generalized and one which is detailed. 

A basic list could include ideas regarding resolving debts; who gets the pet; property division; the family home; and estate planning issues. Having concerns listed prior to any meetings may help to resolve differences in a positive way. The goal is to come to an agreement that is in the best interest of everyone involved — above all, the children.

A California lawyer has the capacity to assist his or her client in the mediation process. Mediation can save time, money and stress that could ensue by going to court. Divorce mediation keeps issues private and decisions within the family. A lawyer can provide his or her client with legal advice as the negotiation progresses, and will ensure his or her client understands the rights and terms being discussed.