In general terms, it is not necessary for individuals to bring anything to the initial meeting with a mediator, because it is during that first informational meeting that the mediator will begin to work with the parties to figure out what information will be needed for further sessions, such as information with respect to your personal assets and debts, property that the two of you own, etc.
Many people believe that divorce mediation sessions are a “one and done” type of thing; however, a Stamford mediation lawyer can tell you that there are times when one spouse is far more advanced than the other spouse (on an emotional level) such that he or she might have been considering the separation long before the divorce was even initiated.
In these instances, the spouse who was “caught off guard” might need some time to adjust. In actuality, the reality of divorce doesn’t sink in for some individuals until several mediation sessions have passed. Nevertheless, mediation can still work, but the mediator will have to make certain that both spouses completely understand the nature of the discussions.
A Stamford Mediation Lawyer will often tell individuals that one of the only ways for mediation to be effective and efficient is for them to be adequately prepared. Once the initial session has been completed, the parties should return with a full list of all assets and debts so that they can be appropriately split between the parties. They should have their most recent pay stubs (if they’re working) and a couple of years of tax returns in order to properly figure out the financial obligations of each individual.
Even if you bring all of the documentary information that the mediator suggests, the most important thing to bring with you to mediation is really not tangible. Simply put, it’s your positivity that is needed for a mediation to be beneficial. If you have additional questions about what you will need for your impending mediation session, or if you need to speak with a Stamford mediation lawyer on another mediation-related matter, please call the Law Offices of Piazza, Simmons and Grant LLC at 203.348.2465.