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What are some qualities to look for in a divorce mediator?

Couples in Rhode Island seeking a divorce may recognize that despite the disagreements and hard feelings that led to the decision to divorce, the divorce process itself does not have to be combative. Sometimes, out-of-court negotiations are preferred as a means to settle a divorce in a quieter and more agreeable manner. One way to settle a divorce is through mediation, and one of the first steps for individuals choosing this option is to select a mediator. There are certain qualities that individuals may want to consider when deciding on a mediator for their divorce.

First, people must be able to trust their mediator. Not only may the process be emotional, but many personal issues will be addressed, such as child custody and financial issues. Therefore, it is important that people select a mediator that they trust with handling such sensitive information.

Another quality in a mediator that deserves consideration is whether the mediator has devoted his or her practice specifically to divorce mediation. Divorce mediation can present unique issues, and it often takes special knowledge and skills for a mediator to effectively facilitate the divorce process.

Also, individuals choosing a divorce mediator may want to choose an individual who is invested in the mediation profession. For example, experienced mediators may publish articles about dispute resolution. In addition, they may be members of both local and national mediation organizations. Some also teach mediation in formal training programs. These are all signs that the mediator has the respect of his or her peers and is staying abreast of new information in the field.

As this shows, there is a lot to consider when choosing a divorce mediator. Attorneys with experience in mediation can be effective and knowledgeable mediators. In the end, while this post can provide information that may help when choosing a mediator, individuals should make their own decisions as to what they want out of a mediator.

Source: The Huffington Post, "5 Tips for Choosing the Best Divorce Mediator," Michael Aurit, JD, MDR, May 26, 2016

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