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How to Choose A Mediator

Mediators Aren’t All Created Equal

Settling divorce matters can often be complex, especially when it comes to dealing with dividing assets, determining parenting time and maintaining your everyday tasks such as paying bills and going to work. At Jones Divorce Mediation we understand that divorce is a multi faceted issue and we strive to help you resolve all of your legal issues as efficiently as possible so you can focus on what matters to you – your family.

Why Choose A Mediator to Help Settle Divorce Matters

A mediator is a neutral party who is trained in conflict resolution. Both parties must agree on the mediator they wish to use in mediation as this is a voluntary process. This means, you cannot force someone to attend mediation nor can you unilaterally choose a mediator. As such, mediation is a often a less formal and cheaper way to resolve issues as both parties come to the table ready to negotiate and reach a resolution.

How To Choose A Mediator

If you have a lawyer, they can often recommend mediators they think will work best for your specific situation. It’s often a good idea to find a mediator with a strong family law background as they will be more equipped to assist you resolve legal issues such a determining amount of and duration of child support, drafting parenting plans and dividing assets fairly. It is important you feel comfortable with your mediator so it’s a good idea to do your research and read online reviews.

Tips For Hiring a Mediator

As mentioned, it’s very important to find a mediator with family law experience. This is because mediation is not a regulated profession – anyone can call themselves a mediator. A good mediator will be able to provide you with information on the courses and training they have done to hone their mediation skills and reputation. Here are some questions you can ask when looking for a mediator:

  • What professional qualifications do you have?
  • Have you taken a mediation course or workshop?
  • Do you carry professional liability insurance that covers mediation?
  •  Do you follow a code of ethics?
  • What is your hourly rate?

If you have questions about mediation or wish to book a mediation, please contact us today.


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