In previous blogs on our website, you may have read about what mediation is and how it may help you with your legal case. At Padish Law Group, PLLC, we often assist clients in preparing for mediation so they may get the most out of their sessions.
Here are some tips from the American Bar Association that you may want to keep in mind before you participate in mediation.
Identifying your goals
When people go to court, their focus is often to “win.” However, in mediation, the goal is for everyone to win through successful negotiation. This is going to involve some compromise, so you need to know before the session the difference between what you need and what you want. You should then prioritize what you want so that you know what to offer to give up first, then second, and so on, in order to get all your needs met.
Understanding your spouse’s goals
Compromising typically involves looking at things from the other party’s point of view. Trying to understand the situation through his or her eyes may help you to come to the table from a position of empathy and respect. It may also help you as you prepare your list of priorities.
Keeping an open mind
Because mediators are skilled in problem-solving and have a solid knowledge of family law, they often offer solutions that neither party has considered before. Instead of immediately dismissing new ideas, be ready to think about the potential of these suggestions to resolve disputes and come to a settlement you and your spouse can both live with.
More information about mediation is available on our webpage.