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When two Arizona spouses are committed to resolving their divorce differences outside of court, mediation is a powerful resource. In order for divorce mediation to be a success, however, it is important to understand the most common errors that spouses can make during the process. The following tips are offered to help couples navigate the waters of mediation, and emerge with a settlement that is agreeable to both sides.

One of the biggest mistakes that spouses make during mediation is to engage in knee-jerk decision making. When the other party makes an offer or demand that seems outrageous, it is important not to react emotionally. Firing back with an immediate response, whether it is affirmative or negative, can lead to a great deal of trouble down the road. It is better to take the time to issue a well-reasoned response than to make a choice that will be difficult to live with down the road, or one that will amp up the tension between parties.

In a similar vein, spouses should also take care to avoid making statements that will come back to haunt them. It can be incredibly tempting to issue a verbal grenade, especially during the height of negotiations. Everyone knows, however, that it is nearly impossible to take back words that caused bruised feelings or egos. A better approach is to think carefully before making a verbal response, even if that means a slight delay in the mediation process.

In short, the best way to achieve a successful divorce mediation is to make efforts to control the impact that emotions have on the process. This can be far easier to say than to put into practice, but it is a worthy goal. Arizona couples who are able to use mediation to reach a divorce settlement can often end their marriage with less time, expense and stress than a traditionally litigated divorce.

Source: examiner.com, "Five keys to successfully mediate a divorce settlement", Patricia Barrett, Oct. 22, 2015

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