Divorce mediation is deceptively simple. A third party (mediator) helps a couple work out what is necessary for their divorce. However, a lot goes into making it an effective process. In this menu area of the website, I offer more flesh on the bones of divorce mediation. This may help you decide whether it could work for you. And if you decide to try it, this may help you make use of it more effectively:
If a couple needs some outside help to be able to resolve their divorce, working with a mediator has an impressive number of benefits. Some day it is likely to become the default form of assisted resolution, instead of the current adversarially-oriented court system. A small percentage of couples will continue to need a forum in which they can battle it out, but for the rest of us there has to be a better way and mediation has great promise in this regard.
You’ll find answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about divorcing, deciding whether to try divorce mediation, and the process of working with a mediator. In my blog there are a number of articles on the topic of choosing mediation.
My aim is to demystify divorce and help couples through it amicably, wisely and without depleting their resources. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me.
Most of this information also applies to mediating non-divorce family conflicts. In such conflicts, the knowledge of the mediator is much less important than their communication, interpersonal and conflict-resolution skills.