Choosing mediation for your divorce instead of going to court can be a great way to save time and money. To get the most from the experience, it helps to understand everyone’s role in the process.
It is especially important to know what to expect from the mediator. Findlaw explains a mediator will act as a neutral third party.
Not a judge
It is essential to realize the mediator is not a judge and will not render decisions in your case. He or she is merely there to help keep the discussion going and to direct you and your spouse when issues pop up. He or she will never take a side. The mediator will remain fair and make just decisions when needed on how best to help both of you.
The mediator’s main job is to help keep communication open between you and your spouse. If you run into issues, he or she will help get things moving again. The mediator can also provide you with answers to legal questions and help you find alternative options to solve any issues that come up. If you need additional assistance, the mediator can direct you to other parties who can help.
Your mediator is someone who is there is make sure you get through the mediation process and accomplish the goals you set. He or she is a helper in the process and not someone who will judge you or side with your spouse against you. This truly neutral party is someone you can rely on to be honest and fair no matter how your mediation process turns out.