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Building trust and compromising are keys to divorce mediation

California couples who decide to use divorce mediation instead of going to court often end up with more satisfying settlements. In order to take advantage of divorce mediation, it is necessary to understand that compromise and trust are essential components of the process. Without these elements, negotiations can break down to a point where couples end up in court.

Few people get everything they want in a divorce settlement, which means that each party needs to be willing to work with the other. Of course, it is not possible to compromise without first knowing what it is that each party wants to accomplish. Each person needs to know what he or she is willing to give up in order to get what he or she really wants.

As each issue is thoroughly vetted and agreed upon, the parties need to be able to consider the matter closed. That way, both parties can trust that they are moving forward and are satisfied with the end result for each issue. Otherwise, neither party will be able to trust the other not to try to make a change at the last minute. Trust is especially important if one party makes certain concessions on a particular issue in order to secure something he or she wanted.

Being prepared can help keep negotiations on track. This often means having an understanding of the issues and the composition of the marital estate, including assets and debts, to build a strategy before mediation begins in order to reduce or eliminate any surprises that can derail the process. By maintaining a level of trust and compromise, many California couples are able to come to mutually satisfying divorce settlements.

Source: examiner.com, "Five keys to successfully mediating a divorce settlement", Patricia Barrett, Oct. 22, 2015

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