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By Dorit Goikhman
Founding Attorney

Where to start for your divorce mediation

Preparation is key to a successful outcome in mediation. When I’m advising clients in mediation, I ask them to consider all of the following questions:

1. What does an ideal outcome look like? (if there are multiple issues, consider each issue specifically and separately) 2. What is an acceptable outcome (again, if there are multiple issues, consider each issue separately) 3. Is there any information that you feel you need to know prior to your session? Is there any information you can try to obtain during the mediation session? 4. What does your future look like if you cannot settle this case? Think specifically about the short-term, medium-term, and long-term costs. Are there any non-financial costs to consider, such as emotional energy, stress, and time? What about the financial costs?

Prior to mediation, it’s a good idea to work through these question prompts as specifically as possible. Do this together with a coach, attorney, or even at trusted friend.

No one can guarantee a successful mediation. There are simply too many factors outside of your control. But asking yourself these questions and coming into mediation with a plan is much more likely to result in an outcome that you can find acceptable.

About the Author
Dorit L. Goikhman is a licensed attorney, with years of experience representing clients throughout Central California in business, real estate, and family matters. After witnessing numerous clients spend fortunes and waste years of their lives in litigation, Dorit became interested in mediation and all that it has to offer. Dorit is committed in helping parties work together to obtain a mutually acceptable solution to their disputes at a fair price. Her approach is to keep things simple, confidential, and efficient with the goal of preserving the parties’ assets, reputations, and sanity. If you have any questions regarding this blog, you can contact Dorit here.