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Should you rely on a mediator?

On Behalf of | Nov 4, 2019 | family law

Pennsylvania couples who decide to get a divorce may want to try avoiding litigation for many reasons. Fortunately, if you are at an amiable enough place with your spouse where uncontested divorce is even a consideration, you may be able to achieve it. There are tools you can use to help you get there, too.

Divorce mediators are one of those potential tools. These are third party professionals whose job is to step in and ensure that conversations between you and your spouse go smoothly. They are trained to deescalate situations if need be and are there to offer third opinions and an alternative point of view to the problems you and your spouse are currently facing.

There are a few common misconceptions to clear, as well. For example, it should be noted that divorce mediators cannot make decisions for you. They can only make suggestions that you and your spouse may then choose to follow, to ignore, or to incorporate into other plans in unique ways. Mediators are also not here to repair your relationship and should not be relied upon to do so.

Mediators instead provide a fresh perspective and opinions that are divorced from bias. They also offer the ability to give both parties time to talk, time to cool down when necessary, and the ability to ensure that everyone has their talking points and concerns heard before the next party takes the stand. If you are curious to read more about how divorce mediation may be fitting into handling divorces, consider taking a look at our web page on family law, linked here.