How to Choose the Right Divorce Mediator in Suffolk County

Choosing the right mediator can help you solve your divorce disputes in a timely manner. Couples who utilize mediation throughout their divorce save thousands of dollars in court and attorney fees. Though mediation is not for everyone, I strongly recommend you consider using a mediator to help resolve your marital dissolution problems.

 What is Mediation?

Mediation allows parties to discuss the terms of a pending potential divorce settlement, such as a marital settlement agreement, with a neutral third party, the mediator. Before you hire a mediator, you should take ample time to inspect their qualifications. Here are a few key traits you should consider when hiring a mediator in Suffolk County:

1.     Does the mediator act in a neutral manner?

The role of a mediator is to serve as a neutral observer between two parties who are in need of resolving a conflict. The mediator should ensure that all rights and interests of both spouses are protected throughout the mediation process.

2.     What type knowledge, training, and experience does the mediator possess?

You should ask the mediator how their knowledge, training, and experience can help assist you in achieving a resolution for whatever conflict you may have regarding your divorce (example – determining how to divide child support and child custody obligations between spouses). Extensively inquire into the past training and experience your mediator has had mediating similar issues such as yours and find out the results (while maintaining confidentiality).

3.     Find out what type of style the mediator uses during sessions?

Do you want a mediator that encourages both parties to resolve their disputes in a practical setting on their own,  or do you want your mediator to lead the discussion (example – be the icebreaker to get the discussion started).

4.     Is the mediator ethical?

Will the mediator keep your discussion confidential? Does the mediator have any particular bias in rendering services for your particular situation?

These are just a few questions you should ask before hiring a mediator. If you would like to hire a New York mediator, contact Suffolk County divorce attorney David Vallone. David has extensive experience in handling mediation related to divorce, child custody, and child support matters, in addition to the division of marital property upon the dissolution of marriage. Contact the Law Office of David Vallone to schedule a consultation.


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