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The benefits of mediation might be worth working with your ex

When you are going through divorce, you have several options about what you are going to do. One of the options is that you can go through the court process and let the judge decide what is going to be included in the settlement. Another option is that you can work with your ex to determine what is going to happen.

Many people who are going through a divorce don't think that they can work with their ex to come up with the terms of the divorce. While this might be the case, many people find that they can work together through mediation. 

Here are some points to know about mediation:

  • You don't have to work directly with your ex: When you use mediation, you will work with a mediator. If you and your ex can't work together or stand the sight of each other, you can choose to only deal with the mediator. If you and your ex can work together, you will be able to have discussions. The mediator will help the conversations stay on track. This might make it a bit easier for you to work things out.
  • Mediation gives you some control: You have to be willing to negotiate with your ex or mediation isn't going to work. Still, you have more control over what is going to happen with the divorce settlement. Before you head into a session, take the time to write out what you feel strongly about and what you are willing to negotiate. This gives you a starting point.
  • You might save time and money: One big draw to mediation is that you might be able to save time and money. The time you save is because you don't have to wait for a court date and you won't have to sit through a trial. These are also the reasons why you might be able to save some money going through mediation. Another thing that mediation can do is protect your privacy since you won't have to make statements during a trial.

When you think about mediation, you need to focus on ways that you can protect your interests. This includes making sure that you have an accurate valuation on assets, including retirement accounts, real property and investments, as well as knowing what debts need to be covered. Once you have this information, you can start working on a starting point for your mediation.

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