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3 tips for choosing a great divorce mediator

You want to work with your spouse to make sure your divorce goes smoothly, but he doesn't want to talk to you. When you do get a chance to communicate, it seems like communications shut down as fast as they open up. Maybe it's the frustration of the situation or a case of hurt feelings, but you need help to get your divorce moving.

One of the things you can do is work with a mediator. Of course, it is important that you choose a mediator who works well with you and your spouse. Perhaps you want a mediator who is more outgoing or one who is highly educated in your legal rights. Depending on the aim of mediation, there are a few things to keep in mind.

1. Choose a mediator who doesn't take sides

No mediator should take sides. The point of mediation is to have a level playing field. That means that the mediator needs to listen to both parties and help you both work toward a solution you can agree on.

2. Choose a mediator who educates you

If you're not sure how splitting your assets will affect you, how can you make a good decision? Likewise, if you want to make decisions about your children, how can you do so without clear knowledge about child support and custody rights? Your mediator needs to be educated and willing to educate you on the issues that matter.

3. Choose a compassionate mediator

Your mediator needs to be more than just a third-party referee. It's his or her job to be invested in you and your spouse and to make sure you both make good decisions.

Your attorney can help you start a mediation session with your spouse. With the right help now, you two can get past the frustration you face and work toward healthy solutions.

Source:, "10 Tips for Choosing the Right Divorce Mediator," accessed June 06, 2017

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