When you’re going through a divorce, one of the things that you need to think about is how to resolve disputes. Disputes can be expensive and time-consuming. They may be upsetting and make you feel terrible about your divorce. You may get angry if the other party won’t negotiate or upset that they won’t listen to how you feel.
This is where a mediator’s help can be beneficial. Mediators are trained to help resolve conflicts and to settle disputes. Mediators aren’t on either party’s side, so they’re a neutral party who can discuss benefits and downsides to any decisions that could be made.
Mediators are there to balance the discussion
Mediators are really present to help keep your conversation moving. They are present to try to minimize conflict during the discussion so that you can make progress.
Mediators guide both parties in the discussion. They talk about possibilities that neither party may have thought about before. They identify areas where both parties agree as well as those where they do not.
Mediators reduce tension
Sometimes, having a mediator present helps reduce tension by simply having another person present. A married couple may be on better behavior, so to speak, if they don’t want to be rude to another person. With a mediator present as a guide and as someone to nip aggression or unhelpful actions in the bud, the conversation may stay calmer and tensions cooled.
Mediators give guidance without requirements
Finally, remember that mediators give guidance without setting legally binding requirements. Mediation is about working through issues, but both parties have the right to walk away at the end and say that any decisions made aren’t right for them. For this reason, mediation is more casual, and mediators often make more headway in discussions. When neither party feels forced, they’re more likely to explore options thoroughly before disagreeing or agreeing to them.
These are a few ways in which a mediator plays a role in a divorce. Mediation can be helpful for couples who have disputes but who ultimately want to work together to resolve their divorces.