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What You Should Expect from a Divorce Mediator

Posted By Kevin B. Gibbs, APLC || 4-Sep-2014

Divorces can be hard on all parties involved in the process. Emotions may be running high, and the prospect of making arrangements for property and custody can seem overwhelming. For this reason, many spouses choose mediation as an alternative method of divorce. There are many benefits to divorce mediation, but like any important decision, spouses should be aware of all of their options and what they will be facing. Whether you are seeking mediation for a divorce or another marital-related arrangement, such as nuptial agreements, take a moment to learn more about the mediator's role so that you know what to expect. This will ultimately help you to choose the best person for the job.

The Mediator's Role

Spouses commonly mistake a mediator as a person who administrates marital agreements and acts as a go-between for the divorcing parties, but this is not the case. A mediator is a neutral third-party who facilitates communication between spouses to help them brainstorm solutions to disputes and arrive at amicable agreements. The mediator cannot make any legal decisions in marital arrangements.

The things a mediator can do for spouses include the following:

  • Listen to both spouses
  • Remain neutral in all procedures
  • Help spouses consider the best interests of their children
  • Help spouses decide details of custody arrangements
  • Help spouses arrange future decisions about children
  • Help spouses explore their different options

You do not need to have an attorney present during the mediation process, and you do not need to arrange court hearings. This makes the mediation process potentially less costly and much faster than a traditional divorce. In addition, the open and honest communication that the mediator fosters between spouses can help many couples make arrangements that are beneficial for all parties involved and potentially reduce the need for modifications or other actions in the future.

Is your divorce mediator qualified?

The success of your mediation may not only depend on spouses being open to communication, but also on the skills and experience of the mediator. Though spouses may expect mediators to have the necessary qualifications, most states do not have requirements for mediators. In California, there are only qualifications for child custody mediators in court cases, and individual courts may establish different requirements. The only thing that may ensure your mediation works effectively is knowing what qualifications you should expect from a mediator.

There are several things you may expect from a capable mediator, including:

  • A graduate degree and/or relevant certification
  • Knowledge of the family court system and how it works
  • Knowledge of community services and other resources

These qualifications are the minimum of what you should expect from your mediator. When it comes to your future and your family's best interests, do not put your trust in a mediocre professional. At Kevin B. Gibbs, APLC, I have the skills and experience necessary to perform as an exceptional mediator. As an Orange County divorce lawyer, I have working knowledge of the courts and laws in California that may affect the unique aspects of your situation. When it comes to mediation, trust an experienced legal professional.

My qualifications to be your divorce mediator include the following:

  • 20+ years of experience as a family law attorney
  • Board-certified family law specialist
  • Provided expert testimony in court
  • Published several cases
  • Lectured in continuing legal education conferences
  • Served as court-appointed special master for family law issues

Schedule a free case evaluation today and explore your mediation options with Kevin B. Gibbs, APLC!

Categories: Divorce, Family Law, Mediation