Have all your financial information ready, including receipts, titles, deed for any major assets. Review your financials in advance. Also have copies of your tax returns and insurance policies. If your spouse has a lawyer, you should have one too to protect your interests.
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The previous answer is a good one. To the extent that any of this is applicable, you should: 1) try and collect all the financial information you have in your possession that relates both to the purchase of assets or the improvement of assets, 2) you should try to find your information on any pensions or tax deferred plans, and, 3) you should try to find copies of your tax returns and insurance policies. Of course, you may not have all the paperwork for these items, so at least be thinking about them so that you can request them at the mediation. Remember, too, that mediation does not impose resolutions on parties. Mediation is a process that is supposed to help parties reach agreement -- so if you forget something or need time to collect documentation not in your possession, you should not be penalized. Finally, I generally think it is wise to be represented at mediation. Even though it is not supposed to be an adversary process, dissolution is a difficult process and an important one, and having a lawyer helping you understand what is best for you is always a good thing to have in such a circumstance.
Before you engage in "mediation" through your Union and the Personnel Review Board, it is important to determine if this sort of mediation is different than what I am calling "true" or "normal" mediation, or if it impacts any other rights you might have. To determine this, you should probably have someone review the Union Contract and the Offer of Mediation.
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