Think About How You Make Decisions to Be More Effective at Mediation
One of the biggest benefits of divorce mediation is that it leaves a lot of the decision making up to you (and your spouse) rather than putting it in the hands of a judge or arbitrator. Of course, if you have a hard time making important decisions, this could also be another source of stress.
Therefore, if you are to truly get the most out of divorce mediation, it’s important to spend some time considering how you best make decisions and what sort of problem solver you are. How do you work with conflict? What are the methods you like to use to solve problems? Understanding these things about yourself and sharing this with your mediator can help them better facilitate discussions in a way that will allow you to be more comfortable in partaking in the negotiations and decision making.
Consider the following:
- The information gathering you like to do before you make a decision
- The amount of time you need to feel comfortable making a decision
- How well you fare under pressure, especially with deadlines
- How you need to structure or organize your information before you make a decision
- Who you need to consult with before you make a decision
- The kinds of issues that are most likely to trigger significant emotions in you, which can make it difficult for you to effectively engage in negotiations or discussions
Understanding the way you think and how you make decisions will help set you up for success in your mediation and help your mediator to better work with you. For more information about preparing for mediation, contact an experienced Long Island divorce lawyer at Solutions Divorce Mediation.