When it comes to divorce, most people would prefer to get through the process with as little emotional and financial turmoil as possible. Divorce mediation is a more amicable and affordable alternative to traditional divorce proceedings that grants you and your ex control over the outcome of your settlement.

In divorce mediation, an unbiased third party will help you and your spouse negotiate every aspect of your divorce, including matters such as property division, alimony, child support and child custody. Everything discussed during your mediation sessions will stay between you, your spouse and the mediator. A mediator will also make sure your discussions remain productive and solution oriented.

Both parties are more likely to be satisfied with the outcome of their divorce when they have the ability to establish terms that work for their unique circumstances. However, while mediation aims to reduce conflict during divorce, it’s still essential that you prepare your session carefully. According to the American Bar Association, answering the following questions before your mediation session can help ensure you are happy with the results:

  • What are your goals for mediation?
  • What information or documents should you need for your mediation session?
  • What issues do you agree and disagree with your partner about?
  • What would you need to feel satisfied with the outcome?
  • How comfortable are you with the risks of not reaching an agreement and going to court?

If you and your spouse are unable to reach an agreement in mediation, you may have to consider divorce litigation and leaving the fate of your divorce up to a judge. Divorce mediation isn’t right for everyone. However, answering these questions before your first session can help you determine if divorce mediation is suitable for your goals.