Once you and your spouse have decided to call it “quits,” you most likely want to get the whole divorce process over quickly. Mediation can help move things along, but it can still take a bit of time. Luckily, there is more you can do to help speed up the divorce mediation process. Keep reading for some expert advice.
Sandra Radna from Law Offices of Sandra M. Radna P.C.
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Mediation is typically accomplished over a number of sessions. It can take a longer or shorter amount of time, depending on a number of factors. Most commonly, the delay in the completion of the mediation is due to the mediator waiting for information from the clients. To make the process quicker and smoother:
1. Be Organized. Have your paperwork for presentation to the mediator in an organized manner. Tax returns and other financial documents should be organized and presented in chronological order and separated by account for review by the mediator.
2. Know Your Objectives. Before meeting with the mediator, decide on your best-case scenario regarding custody of the children, financial support, and division of marital assets.
3. Be Flexible. [In order] to reach an agreed-upon solution, [be flexible]. You may not get 100% of what you want, so [you should] have an idea of what you are and are not willing to negotiate.
4. Be Responsive. If the mediator requests information, ask when it is due, and then stick to the deadline. If you are unable to, let the mediator know. The sooner you provide information, the quicker you will be done.
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