The role of a mediator is that of a neutral to facilitate discussions leading to your family law agreement. The mediation process will typically have both parties in the same room with the mediator to work out the terms of your divorce or custody agreement. Some people think of a mediator as a referee. Since the mediator is an unbiased neutral, both of you should meet your neutral mediator together. If one of you goes to meet your mediator alone, the other spouse/partner may not feel that the mediator cannot be neutral after meeting without her/him. Therefore, when one of you calls the mediator to schedule an initial consultation, make sure not to discuss your case; just schedule the mediation consultation when it is convenient for both spouses/partners and the mediator.
If you are not able to go to see the mediator together because you cannot be in the same room, then mediation may not be a good option for you. Don’t worry, there are other amicable options for you to keep you out of court. Schedule an initial consultation to find out what your options are by calling 626-351-1200.
At Amicable Divorce Services, the initial consultation for mediation takes approximately 1 hour and is free.