If you and your spouse are getting a divorce in South Carolina and want to make it as smooth as possible, mediation may be a better choice than regular litigation. Although this is a popular choice for couples who communicate well, it is a good idea to prepare properly for it so you get more of what you want and you do not waste anyone's time or money.
Live About discusses that in mediation, you and your spouse sit down with a neutral third party, a mediator, to negotiate the terms of the divorce. Because the mediator is neutral, he or she does not give advice or make any decisions for either of you; instead, the mediator guides the conversation and keeps things civilized. Before going into the mediation session, sit down and consider all the issues you need to decide upon and think about what you want and what you are willing to negotiate. Consider things such as:
- Property and asset division
- Division of debt
- Child custody and support
Part of preparing for mediation is looking into the future. Consider what your living expenses will be and make sure the divorce agreement is adequate for your needs.
According to The American Bar Association, using an attorney is a good idea, although it is not necessary. An attorney can help you prepare ahead of time and even accompany you to the session. If he or she does attend the mediation, discuss ahead of time what role each of you will play during the session.