If you want to keep your divorce out of court and civil, there is a way for you to do that. Couples in Washington are typically required to utilize mediation to settle disputes and come to agreeable dissolution terms. This alternative dispute resolution method can work for most couples who are going through the divorce process. It may work for you if you take the time to prepare for it.

When it comes to divorce, winging it is not the best approach. You cannot achieve a settlement that is fair for you if you do not know what to ask for or what you are entitled to. You may also find the mediation process confusing and stressful if you do not know what to expect.

So, what can you do to prepare for divorce mediation? The first thing is to write down your settlement goals. Know ahead of time what you want to fight for and what you are willing to let go. The goal of mediation is to reach agreeable terms without the need for litigation. Achieving such terms requires some give by both parties.

The next thing you can do is communicate with legal counsel. Mediation is not something you have to go through alone. You may have legal counsel represent you or at least review any proposed settlement terms before you sign anything. To learn more about how an attorney can prove helpful during the mediation process, please take a moment and visit our firm’s website.

To be successful at just about anything in life, preparation is key. Mediation is no different. By taking the time to really think about what you hope to accomplish and taking the appropriate steps to reach your goals, coming out of mediation with a divorce settlement that is both fair and meets standards set by the state of Washington is possible.