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Preparing For Mediation Of Family Law Issues

Preparing for a mediation of parenting issues can be a helpful step towards resolving disputes with the other parent and coming to a mutually agreed-upon parenting plan. To do this, you will need a lawyer. A skilled mediation lawyer will have several years of training in mediation — they will have acquired the skills to guide clients successfully through mediation to help reach a mutually agreed upon conclusion. Here are some tips from our friend at Flat Fee Divorce Solutions for preparing for a mediation of parenting issues:

Identify Your Goals And Priorities

Before the mediation, think about your goals and priorities for parenting time and decision-making. What is most important to you and what are you willing to compromise on? Be prepared to discuss your preferences and be open to considering different options that may be presented during the mediation.

Be Prepared To Listen And Communicate Effectively

Effective communication is key to a successful mediation. Be prepared to listen to the other parent’s perspective and to express your own views in a clear and respectful manner. Avoid interrupting the other person and try to stay focused on the issues at hand.

Practice Active Listening

Active listening is an essential skill in mediation. It involves not only hearing what the other person is saying, but also seeking to understand their perspective and showing empathy. Practice active listening by giving the other person your full attention, summarizing their points to ensure you understand them, and asking clarifying questions when needed.

Gather Relevant Information

It can be helpful to gather information that is relevant to the parenting issues in dispute, such as school schedules, work schedules, and other commitments that may impact parenting time. Having this information readily available can help facilitate a productive discussion during the mediation.

Be Open To Creative Solutions

Mediation is often a collaborative process that involves exploring creative solutions that can work for both parties. Be open to considering solutions that may not be traditional, but that could still meet the needs of everyone involved. Remember that the goal is to come up with a solution that is in the best interests of the children.

Keep Emotions In Check

Mediation can be an emotional process, especially when the parenting issues involve children. It’s important to keep emotions in check and remain focused on the issues at hand. If you feel yourself becoming emotional, take a break to compose yourself before continuing with the mediation.

Be Prepared To Negotiate

Negotiation is often a key component of mediation. Be prepared to make compromises and consider different solutions that may meet both parties’ needs. It may be helpful to identify your “must-haves” versus your “nice-to-haves” to help guide your negotiating strategy.

Remember that the mediator is there to help facilitate a productive discussion between both parties, and to help guide you towards a mutually agreed-upon solution. By coming prepared, being open-minded, and focusing on the needs of the children, you can increase the chances of a successful mediation. Contact a lawyer near you for help with your mediation.

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