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How to improve the odds of a more successful divorce mediation

Couples all over Florida will divorce in 2019. However, some cities will likely see higher divorce rates than everywhere else. Some of the Florida cities with the highest divorce rates include South Pasadena, Cape Canaveral and Orange City. 

For any couples divorcing in the coming year, it is a good idea to look into mediation. No matter how amicable the split was, there will certainly be issues you disagree on. Instead of fighting in court, you and your spouse should meet with a mediator to go over everything. You can settle on these matters privately, so when you get to court, everything becomes much simpler. 

Go in prepared

Before your first meeting with a mediator, you will have some homework. Both spouses need to bring financial paperwork, including appraisals of the house and any valuables they share. If one spouse owns a business, then he or she should get the company appraised. Without doing this first, you will be unable to move the mediation forward. Both spouses should do some work in getting all the proper materials together. 

Be honest about what you need

You may want to stay in the family house, but you need to be realistic. You may not be able to afford it with a single income. It may work in both of your best interests to sell the house and divide the money. You never want your emotions to get the better of you during this process. You need to be capable of differentiating between what you need and what you want. 

Take a break when you need it

During mediation sessions, you will talk about some serious matters. If it all becomes too overwhelming, then do not hesitate to ask for a break. You will not be as productive if you feel angry or bullied. It is all right to take a five-minute break, so you can collect your thoughts. 

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