divorce processes start with the filing of a petition. for a complete overview
on the early stage of the
dissolution process. A mediator can assist with the preparation of a petition for
dissolution and the filing of a petition with the court.
Mediation may be more straight-forward than litigation, in terms of cost
and scheduling, but the process is just as serious and structured. Remember
to bring questions to your mediator, and take note of the answers you
receive. Education is a large part of the
mediation process. To make intelligent decisions, you need to understand the relief that
is available to you.
Make sure you take control of your mediation process: be an active participant
and come armed with ideas. If you run into unfamiliar terminology or concepts,
ask for definitions and explanations. Conduct your own research and read
as much as you can to understand your situation better.
Although there may be contention between you and the other party, mediation
is a process that demands some basic cooperation. A friend of mine, who
was a practiced business negotiator, told me that all disputes must end
in agreement; either agree to proceed, or agree to disagree. For successful
divorce mediation, the parties must agree to proceed - to work beyond
emotions and personal issues and toward the dissolution of their marriage.