Choosing the right mediator is crucial to the success of your divorce mediation, as it can greatly affect your experience and outcome. Before starting the process, interview potential candidates to ensure that they are a good fit for you and your spouse.
Asking the following questions can help you determine which mediator is the right fit for your situation.
1. What are your credentials?
Ask potential mediators about their credentials including information about their background, training and experience. You want to select a mediator who understands the divorce process and has experience handling complex family law issues.
2. Do you have a specialty?
Some mediators specialize in certain areas of law. Even those who specialize in divorce mediation may have sub-specialties such as property division or child custody. Speak to your mediator about any concerns or special requirements you may have so you can find someone experienced with what you need.
3. What is your mediation style?
Every mediator incorporates their own approach to mediation. For example, some might take a more evaluative approach and provide their opinions and recommendations. Others might be more facilitative and help exes come to a resolution on their own. Understanding which style your mediator uses can help you prepare for the process.
4. Can you provide references?
Ask your potential mediator for references from past mediation clients. Use these references as a tool to see if the mediator is a good personal fit for you and your needs. You could also ask about the mediator’s success rates. While things vary depending on the complexity of the divorce, it is good to see a mediator who has an overall record of success in helping divorcing spouses reach an agreement.
Take your time and do your research to find the right mediator to handle your divorce.