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Divorce mediation: There is no room for financial dishonesty

On Behalf of | Jan 25, 2023 | Mediation

Settling your divorce through mediation is a step in the right direction. It will save you the uncertainties and expenses of a contested divorce while giving you more control over how everything will go. A mediated divorce is also faster and more private than a traditional divorce.

That said, it is worthwhile to understand how divorce mediation works and what you can do to protect your interests. Here is what you need to know.

Full transparency is expected from both parties

The mediator usually comes in as an independent and neutral party who knows nothing about the divorce. Therefore, you and your spouse must furnish them with relevant information to kickstart the process.

It is advisable to be forthcoming with all the details requested, especially on finances. Do not attempt to lie or misrepresent facts. Dishonest actions like leaving things out, undervaluing or hiding assets to shortchange your spouse may complicate and hinder the mediation process. It could also void the final separation agreement.

The bottom line regarding mediation in a divorce is that both spouses must be inclined to make it work. Otherwise, the entire process may be futile if one spouse is unwilling to cooperate or engage in constructive negotiations.

Do not be afraid to voice your concerns

Open and honest communication is at the heart of every successful mediation process. As such, do not hesitate to speak out if you feel your spouse is not being transparent or have any reservations about other aspects of the divorce.

Learning more about what to expect during divorce mediation and how to handle any issues that may arise will help you navigate the process smoothly. It will also help ensure you get what you deserve at the end of the day.