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The basics of choosing a divorce mediator

In the event that you and your former partner agree to divorce mediation, it is time to answer some very important questions. Above all else, a mediator needs to be selected. It goes without saying that the right decision can make the entire process easier to deal with.

Even though both parties may still consult with an attorney to ensure that they make the right decisions, a mediator needs to be present in order to keep things moving in the right direction and so everybody remains on the same page.

When it comes to choosing a divorce mediator, there are many questions to address. These include, but are not limited to:

-- What type of training does the mediator have?

-- How much experience does this person have with divorce mediation?

-- How many divorce cases has the person mediated?

-- How does the mediator describe his or her style?

-- What is the availability of the mediator?

-- What are the fees associated with mediationand is this cheaper than court?

-- Does the mediator provide a free consultation to help you understand what he or she offers?

In the end, what matters most is that both parties are comfortable with the mediator.

Nobody wants to go through a divorce, but this is reality for thousands of couples every year. If the court process is not something you want to face, try to work out your differences and finer details with the help of a mediator. Choosing the right person is the first step in getting started.

Source: Mediate, "Choosing A Divorce Mediator," accessed Nov. 18, 2015

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