Keeping Your Family Strong--Even Through Divorce

Tips For A Successful Online Divorce Mediation

by Kristen Wright

Divorce mediation is a process in which a mediator helps divorcing couples negotiate the terms of their divorce. Online divorce mediation has become increasingly popular in recent years, as it offers a convenient and cost-effective alternative to in-person mediation. The following are some tips to help you have a successful online divorce mediation:

Choose the Right Mediator For You

Choosing the right mediator is crucial for successful online divorce mediation. Look for a mediator who has experience with online mediation and who is familiar with the laws and regulations in your state. You should also look for a mediator who is impartial and who can help you and your spouse to communicate effectively.

Be Prepared

Before the mediation session, take some time to prepare. Make a list of the issues that you and your spouse need to discuss, such as child custody, spousal support, and property division. Be sure to gather any relevant documents, such as financial statements, tax returns, and mortgage statements.

Maintain a Peaceful Environment

It is important to create a peaceful environment for the online mediation session. Choose a quiet and private location where you will not be disturbed. Make sure that you have a reliable internet connection, and test your equipment, such as your webcam and microphone, before the session.

Maintain Respectful Communication

Respectful communication is essential for successful online divorce mediation. Be sure to listen to your spouse's concerns and ideas and respond in a respectful manner. Avoid interrupting or speaking over your spouse and try to find common ground wherever possible.

Be Focused During Mediation

Online mediation can be more challenging than in-person mediation, as it can be harder to stay focused. Avoid distractions during the mediation session, such as checking your email or social media. Stay focused on the issues at hand, and work with the mediator to create a structured agenda for the session.

Be Flexible

Divorce mediation requires compromise and flexibility. Be open to new ideas and solutions and be willing to make concessions where necessary. Remember that the goal of mediation is to find a mutually agreeable solution that works for both parties.

Take a Break When You Need It

Online mediation can be mentally and emotionally exhausting. Take breaks during the session and give yourself time to recharge. You may also want to schedule multiple sessions over several days, rather than trying to resolve everything in one long session.  

For more info about online divorce mediation, contact a local company.