Tips for Choosing a Divorce Mediator
Mediation is a way for people who are having a dispute to talk about their issues and concerns and to make decisions about the dispute with the help of another person (called a mediator). A mediator is not allowed to decide who is right or wrong or to tell you how to resolve your dispute but can help two or more parties reach a conclusion that presents a fair outcome for all parties involved.
Here are some helpful tips if you’re looking for a mediator in your marital separation.
- Look for a mediator with experience and training in divorce mediation. It's important to choose a mediator who has a thorough understanding of the process and is able to effectively facilitate discussions between the parties.
- Consider the mediator's style and approach. Some mediators may take a more directive approach, while others may take a more facilitative approach. Choose a mediator whose style aligns with your needs and preferences.
- Check the mediator's availability and schedule. Make sure the mediator is able to accommodate your schedule and is available to meet as often as needed.
- Evaluate the mediator's fees. Mediation can be a cost-effective alternative to traditional litigation, but it's still important to understand the mediator's fee structure and make sure it is within your budget.
- Check the mediator's references. Ask the mediator for references from past clients and consider reaching out to them to get their perspective on the mediator's services.
- Consider the mediator's reputation. Do some research and ask around to get a sense of the mediator's reputation in the community.
- Meet with the mediator in person. It's important to have a good rapport with your mediator and feel comfortable discussing sensitive topics. Schedule a consultation to get a sense of the mediator's personality and approach before committing to their services.
- Consider whether the mediator is a good fit for your specific needs. Each divorce case is unique, so it's important to choose a mediator who is able to effectively address your specific concerns and needs.
Mediation can often present the lowest cost outcome for a divorce as it generally doesn’t involve as many legal fees. When you’re ready to talk to the mediators at Fournier Law, we’re just a few clicks away.