Mediation is a process that couples can use to save money and come to a settlement without going to trial, which can be expensive, time-intensive, and emotionally draining.
Each session of mediation often starts with the mediator introducing his/herself and giving each side time to present its view to the other side without interruption.
After this, a joint discussion starts. Oftentimes mediators must help both sides reframe their concerns in terms that the other side will understand.
If the conversation gets heated or the parties meet an impasse, the mediator will take each party and their counsel into a separate room to get to the root of the issue; this is called a caucus.
When they finally come back together, the parties start to negotiate, now having a better understanding of the other side’s position.
Mediation happens over multiple sessions and is often much more cost-effective and less time-consuming than a divorce trial.
While many divorces are rife with conflict and hurt feelings, a neutral party can facilitate “a conversation between the two sides, highlighting interests and concerns and negotiating solutions that are satisfactory for both sides.” You should use attorneys that are committed to mediation and other means of dispute resolution.
“Conflict is Frustrating, Here’s How Mediation Could Help” –Miriam Grobman