Divorce Mediation: Questions to Ask Your Mediator
Mediation is an effective way for many couples to resolve divorce-related issues in a cooperative manner without putting important decisions in the hands of a judge. Because matters can be resolved outside of court, mediation typically is less expensive and quicker than litigating the divorce.
Mediation can help couples come to decisions about things like child custody, child support, property division, spousal support, and other related matters that best suit their individual situations. While the mediator cannot make these decisions for you, they can help by guiding the discussion, providing advice and feedback, and bringing up important questions that may not have been considered before.
Here are some of the most important questions to ask your mediator:
1.How much experience do you have in divorce mediation? You should not be afraid to ask your potential mediator how long they have been providing mediation services for divorce cases like yours. When choosing a mediator, you should be able to feel confident that they have ample experience helping clients find effective solutions, and that they have a track record of success.
2.How and why did you become a mediator? Asking this question can help give you a sense of the mediator’s passion for their job. This will give you an idea of how much effort they will be willing to put into your case.
3.What are your credentials and professional certifications? Divorce can be a complex legal issue, which is why you shouldn’t go with a mediator who doesn’t have much experience. Any mediator worth their salt will have no problem showing you their qualifications.
4.What is your mediation style? Every mediator has a different style and approach. Talk to your mediator about how they approach cases and how exactly they plan to help you.
5.How much will divorce mediation cost? Your mediator should be up-front with you about their fees so that there are no surprises later. Be sure to get all the information you need about costs before making the commitment.
McKinley Irvin is well known for providing outstanding divorce and mediation services in Oregon and Washington. If you are considering mediation services to resolve your divorce issues, contact our Portland office and we will put you in touch with the attorney best suited to handle your unique situation. We can be reached at (503) 395-0244.