Although it is challenging to go through a divorce in Wisconsin, mediation is one way to decide on important things without the big price tag or stress of court litigation. Couples who decide to go through mediation can benefit from certain tips and advice. While this process is beneficial for many couples, it is also important to understand when mediation may not be the best route.
According to Money Crashers, a mediator can help a couple navigate the divorce proceedings in an amicable and fair way. Not all mediators have the same qualifications or experience. When choosing a mediator, the following tips can help you find a good quality one.
- Ask for recommendations from personal and professional contacts
- Ask mediator about educational background and training
- Make sure the mediator understands ABA standards
- Try to hire someone with a decent amount of mediation experience
Once you choose a mediator, he or she will typically schedule a series of sessions that last around one or two hours. Depending each session’s agenda, make sure you prepare to discuss major issues such as asset division, debt payoff, child custody, spousal support and living situations. Bring with you all related paperwork to make each session go efficiently and smoothly.
According to Family Education, not all couples are cut out for the mediation process. While the mediator helps guide communication between the two parties, it does not work if the couple is unable to communicate with each other at all or in an amicable manner. Mediation may also not be the best if one party does not know what assets and debt they have. It is also important that each spouse is willing to be flexible, that both want the divorce and that there are no feelings of resentment, anger or bitterness.