One of the most exhausting parts of divorce is the process of splitting assets with your spouse. This task can take on a whole new challenge if your soon-to-be ex refuses to compromise.
Mediation can provide both parties with an objective point of view to hopefully reduce tension and encourage flexibility. With the right strategies and your preparation, negotiating a settlement might have a more rewarding outcome for everyone involved.
Know your expectations
Prior to going to your mediation appointment, think realistically about your expectations. What are your must haves? Have you thought about your non-negotiables? Going into mediation knowing what you want can help you stay focused and rational during negotiations.
Make an offer
Prepare yourself to make the first offer. One benefit of making the first offer is that you can set the foundation for continued discussion. Think about what your offer will include. Consider inflating your expectations just a little to allow room for negotiation without compromising what you hope to receive.
Have an open mind
Mediation can last a long time. It is not unusual for tension to run high. According to the American Bar Association, mediation will require you to listen and have flexibility. Show respect while the other side presents an offer. Keep an open mind and acknowledge that you will not be able to have everything you want to have.
Approaching mediation with the right attitude can enable you to feel more satisfied with the outcome. Know which assets to fight for and which to let go of so you can move on with your life.