Choosing the right mediator for your situation is important and can make the difference in how your divorce will go. Before choosing a mediator, you may want to find out the following:
Is the mediator also an attorney or counselor? If they are an attorney they should not offer legal advice in the process - you will still need to understand your legal rights from an attorney that you speak with confidentially and who may also draft your legal settlement documents. While counselors often make great mediators, discuss with them your goals of mediation and ask if they will separate their professional position as a mediator from being a counselor.
- Has the mediator received a certification in mediation?
- How long has the mediator been mediating?
- Ask if they have a reference that you can contact?
- Does the mediator have a good working with relationship with attorneys?
- How much will the mediation cost?
- How long will the process take?
- What happens if the mediation process is not successful – what is the next step?
- Is your mediation confidential?
Trust your instincts when speaking with your mediator.