You entered your Bellevue divorce mediation with a good attitude and a clearly defined goal. You had every intention of being reasonable and of ending your marriage in a respectful manner. However, things may not be going exactly how you planned for them to go. You may find yourself emotional or your soon to be ex-spouse unreasonable. Either way, you may have to find a way to calm yourself down during the mediation process.
Three Things You Can Do During a Mediation Session to Calm Down
While the mediation session is ongoing, you can:
- Take a time out. You may literally need to request a break or you may simply be able to take a few deep breaths to refocus.
- Think about how this particular issue will affect you and your children now and in the future. Is it really important? If it is then hold your ground. If it is not then let it go.
- Leave. If you truly believe that the mediation process is not working then it might be time to walk away and to pursue another way of obtaining a Washington divorce. However, before you do that you should talk to your lawyer and make sure that you know the potential pros and cons of each method of divorce.
Remember, there may be some emotional moments during a Bellevue divorce mediation. It is up to you to decide how to proceed.
You Don’t Have to Decide Alone
Many, if not most, divorces are emotional. You do not have to enter this minefield alone. Instead, you have the right to work with an experienced divorce lawyer who can help you through the process and ensure that your legal rights are protected.
For more information about the divorce process and about how to navigate it, please read one of our books, The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Divorce in Washington or The Thinking Man’s Guide to Divorce in Washington. They are both available for free on this website.