How do mediators function in divorce?

On Behalf of | Aug 11, 2022 | Divorce |

When going through divorce, if you have the option of going a more amiable route, it can save you time, money and hassle.

In these options, you may want to consider mediation. But what exactly does a mediator do in a divorce situation? What is their function and purpose, and how do they serve it?

What do mediators offer?

Forbes talks about the benefits of a mediator in divorce situations. First, you can opt for other methods outside of mediation and still hire a mediator to help you. Many couples find mediators useful people to have in general due to what they bring to the table.

And what is that, exactly? Mediators offer something valuable in a divorce: a third perspective, devoid of bias toward either party involved. They offer neutral, grey-area responses and suggestions, which is often a grounding thing in the middle of a somewhat or sometimes headed separation of a couple.

Lack of imposing authority

Mediators also cannot impose their decisions on a couple. This lack of severe authority often allows people to feel more comfortable speaking with a mediator, knowing that their words will not come back to affect them in the form of mandated decisions from a higher authority figure.

De-escalation training

Mediators also have training in de-escalation techniques. This means that if things ever get too heated in a session, they can step in and ensure that tempers do not flare too far out of control. They also ensure that everyone has the space to say their fair share without speaking or being spoken over.

In short, they serve as a good person to have on board to ensure that discussions go as smoothly as possible.