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Mediation isn't a sprint, it is a marathon

One of the most difficult things to do when you are going through a divorce is to be patient while the process moves forward. In many cases, people want to get their divorce over and done with as quickly as possible. Trying to hurry up and rush things might be tempting, but it could lead to difficulties with the divorce.

You have to make sure that you keep your focus on setting up your new life as you go through the divorce. Decisions that you make during the divorce can impact everything about your life.

Stay healthy during the divorce

Don't get so rushed and so focused on the divorce that you forget to take care of yourself. Instead, you need to make sure that you eat good food and exercise. Make time to relax and focus on your mental and physical health. You don't want the divorce to break you down so much that you aren't able to enjoy your new, single life.

Prepare for a stressful situation

The mediation sessions are likely going to be stressful. You are going to work with your ex, which might be a recipe for disaster. These sessions are informal, so dress comfortably and do what you need to do to stay relaxed during the process. As you go through the mediation, remember that the mediator is there to help. If you feel that things are getting too tense or that the topics are straying off topic, you can speak to the mediator alone to figure out a solution to the issue.

Think, plan and list

Think about the issues that might come up while you are going through the mediation sessions. Make a plan for how you want to deal with each of these decisions. It might help for you to make lists about your thoughts for each of these topics so that you can refer to that list during the session. You may find that the list helps to refresh your memory about why you want or don't want certain things to happen.

Take your time

Divorce mediation is a process that might take more than one meeting. Take your time during each session and don't be afraid to sleep on very important decisions. If something happens and you can't work things out with your ex, you can always opt to end mediation and move toward a trial to resolve the issues in court.

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