When it comes to mediation meetings, it's important to remember that the goal is to reach an agreement that works for both parties. It's essential to remain calm and composed, and to express your emotions in a constructive way. Raising your voice or using swear words will only get you into trouble. It's also important to be honest and open-minded during the process.
If you need a break or need to regroup and come back another day, talk to your mediator. It's essential to remain committed to the process in order to reach an agreement. A good lawyer should prepare you for the mediation meeting and help you understand what to say and, more importantly, what not to say. For example, when discussing child custody, it's important not to use the term “my children” as this discounts your ex-partner. Instead, focus on finding the best possible solution for your children. It's also important to be aware of what information you share privately with the mediator.
If you attend the session with unreasonable demands, such as wanting the children to spend all holidays with you, it's unlikely that you'll get very far with your spouse or the mediator. Good mediators can overcome almost any obstacle, but there are several ways in which lawyers can unknowingly prevent the mediation process from being successful. To ensure that your mediation meeting is successful, make sure that you remain calm and composed, listen to the other party, and be honest in your answers.