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What are the main principles of Divorce Mediation?

September 18th, 2017 by Marta J. Papa

Impartiality/Neutrality

A mediator doesn’t represent either spouse. Mediators assume a netural role in which they work on behalf of both parties and facilitate constructive communication.

Confidentiality

Everything discussed in mediation is kept private. Mediators cannot be subpoenaed or called to testify on behalf of mediation clients. This allows the mediation room to be a safe place promoting open dialogue and a cooperative outcome.

Voluntariness

Clients choose to participate in mediation. Mediation is only effective if spouses are invested in resolving their issues jointly. If either spouse feels they no longer want to mediate, the process can be stopped at any time.

You’re in charge

Unlike litigation, in mediation, you make the decisions, rather than having an attorney or judge decide on your behalf.

Informed Consent

Clients should be well informed about divorce, the impact of divorce on their children, and the mediation process. The mediator will work hard to ensure the clients can make informed decisions.

Four Principles of Mediation