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Best of the Week Roundup: May 20, 2016

By IDFA on May 20, 2016

This is our weekly update on divorce news, trends, and articles, where we round up the best pieces of the week.

Mediation is a hot topic this week, with experts explaining all the pros and cons of the mediation process and how to prepare for success. Also, check out our top questions you should be asking your clients. It’s all in this week’s Best of the Week Roundup!

1. How to Prepare for Mediation

Like Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” What’s the “homework” necessary to make mediation efficient, productive, and peaceful? Mediator Elizabeth Esrey explains how she approaches each mediation session and instructs clients to prepare.

"The greatest benefit of mediation is the opportunity to have a difficult but direct conversation in a safe place where various opinions are heard and considered."

2. Top Ten Questions to Ask Your Divorcing Clients

The key to getting the right information is asking the right questions. Make sure you are getting the full picture of a client’s situation. The best questions not only show you factually where a client is, but also shows the client’s mindset and perspective going into the divorce process.

"Divorce is a confusing, emotional, overwhelming experience, and it is most clients’ first time going through the process. Many clients simply don’t know what to expect and a little Q&A with an expert can go a long way toward making them feel more in control of their divorce."

3. MediYAYtion: Why Your Upcoming Divorce Mediation is a Good Thing! (And Instructions on How to Rock It!)

Family law attorney Christina Pesoli breaks down the many benefits of mediating your divorce. Save money, save time, and work your way to a more peaceful resolution. It’s time to put the ‘yay’ in mediation!

"I think this opposition [to mediation] comes from a fear of the unknown. If clients had a better understanding of what mediation involves, then they wouldn’t be opposed to the idea."