Not all divorces must involve difficult hearings in a courtroom. Mediation might be a viable option if you and your partner are willing to work amicably together towards a positive resolution.
Preparing for Divorce Mediation: A Checklist
If you’re considering mediation or you’re ready to prepare for the process, there are many steps to take.
- Do your research. Learn about mediation: what it is, how it works and how long it takes. The better prepared you are for the process, the less you’ll allow your nerves to get to you once you enter into it.
- Make a list of your needs and questions. What do you hope to gain from this process? Write down your needs such as finances, property, health insurance and more. Also, jot down any questions you want to ask the mediator during the mediation process.
- Create a list of your possessions and assets. Ensure nothing is forgotten. Make a list of all your possessions, including marital property. Include all assets such as your home, vehicles, pets, stocks, bond, savings accounts and more.
- Put together a post-divorce plan for you and your children. Start preparing now for what life will look like after your divorce. If you have children, write down what you hope to gain for them such as custody goals and finances.
- Hire a professional mediation attorney. We recommend hiring a professional mediation attorney to help guide you during the process. Some attorneys are available for hire as the prominent mediator for your divorce.
What Documents Should You Bring to Mediation?
There are many documents to bring with you to mediation. Some of these documents include:
- All tax returns, including copies of W-2s and 1099s
- Checking and savings account documentation, as well as any other finance-related items such as money market accounts
- Investment documentation
- Life insurance and health insurance policies
- Loan, credit card and other debt documentation
- Valuation of any items of value such as antiques, family heirlooms or jewelry
Reach Out to a Family Law Mediation Attorney to Learn More
You don’t have to prepare for mediation alone. If you’re considering mediation, reach out to an attorney for guidance. To learn more about mediation or how to best prepare, send us a message.