When deciding on how to proceed with a divorce, many people will take a look into mediation as a potential option.
One question many couples have is: what is the purpose of a mediator in divorce mediation?
The role of a mediator
Forbes takes a look into divorce mediation. One of the most crucial components of mediation in divorce is the mediator his or herself.
A mediator provides a lot of tools to the couple. They can offer advice and opinions from a unique third-party perspective. They also help guide conversations to ensure that both parties feel as if they had equal time and room to voice their opinions and concerns safely.
They also have de-escalation and argument management training. This means they can step in and bring down any disagreements before they explode out of control.
What a mediator does not do
Mediators do not attempt to fix a couple’s relationship, which is a common misconception. Their only goal is to work with the couple toward agreements on all aspects of divorce, including matters like child support, child custody, spousal support and more.
They also do not have the same power as an arbitrator or a judge. This means they cannot make a decision on the couple’s behalf and force the couple to comply. They can only offer opinions and advice, but it is up to the couple to work things out and come to a final decision.
This makes mediation a great pick for couples that can work together and want a good amount of control over how things go.