A mediator is a trained neutral person who facilitates open discussion to help the parties work together to work towards a solution they can both live with. The mediator will assess the case and identify the strengths and weaknesses of each parties’ positions to encourage compromise. With an eye towards efficient problem solving, a mediator can offer creative solutions that may not be available to the parties at a trial.
What does a mediator do when you file for divorce?
A mediator is like a counselor with experience in conflict resolution. During the mediation process, it’s the mediator’s job to keep the discussion civil. They’ll make sure that you and your former spouse have equal amounts of time to speak and make your arguments. If the discussion gets heated, they’ll figure out a way to resolve the conflict or end the meeting for the day.
Whether they’re a family law attorney or not, a mediator is also knowledgeable about the legal system. They’ll be able to answer your questions, help you through the legal process, ask you pertinent questions and more. When you meet with a mediator, you may walk away with a greater understanding of the legal system and what you need to do to finalize your divorce.
A mediator may help you and your former spouse come to an agreement without letting your emotions take over. You might have to compromise on some areas, but the mediator’s job isn’t to make you compromise on everything. Instead, they’re here to resolve disputes, bring up potential issues that need to be addressed and help the divorce go as smoothly as possible so that you don’t have to take the case to divorce court.
Can an attorney work as a mediator?
While not all mediators are attorneys, you may hire an attorney to work as a mediator. An attorney is a good choice because they know the law and have experience with working with divorced couples, which may help as they guide you through the negotiation process.