1. Select a mediator who has experience in divorce and family law issues.
  2. Review the mediator’s contract, which outlines how the mediator’s fee will be paid and generally describes the mediator’s ethical obligations.
  3. Understand the purpose of the mediation is to encourage open discussion of interests and goals to encourage settlement.
  4. Get prepared. Put together a notebook of relevant documents to carry to mediation.
  5. Establish reasonable time limitations for mediation sessions.