When a couple decides to get a divorce and they are unsure of what option may be best for them, they may consider methods of alternative dispute resolution. One such method is known as mediation. Divorce mediation is a means of divorce that can allow the spouses to make the decisions that matter most to their future for themselves and they can do so outside of a courtroom. Mediated divorces usually take place in a conference room setting with just the spouses, their respective attorneys, and a divorce mediator present.
A divorce mediator is a person who guides the couple through their divorce in a productive and considerate manner. If the couple is struggling to communicate with one another, the mediator should have an idea of the appropriate ways to facilitate conversation so the couple can focus on the matter at hand and not on their issues with each other. The mediator is supposed to act as an unbiased party that should not take sides. They are permitted to speak with each spouse individually and privately if the spouse wishes to do so. The mediator can work to negotiate with the couple if they are disagreeing on a matter and can listen to what each side has to say.
Finally, the mediator is in charge of drafting the official Separation Agreement once all of the matters are resolved. If you are considering a divorce through mediation, it is important that you speak with an experienced divorce attorney who can provide you with assistance.
Leslye M. Schlesinger serves Rockland and Westchester County with compassion and integrity. With over 30 years of experience guiding clients through matrimony law, she now focuses on helping clients avoid litigation through alternative dispute resolution, including collaborative divorce and mediation. If you need an effective and committed attorney, contact Leslye M. Schlesinger for a consultation.