Using the right mediation method for your situation

On Behalf of | May 8, 2020 | Family Law Mediation |

Pennsylvania divorce mediation is an alternative to litigation. It can help the divorce process proceed faster and more cost-effectively than if you take it to court, even if you have serious conflicts. Our mediators often help clients improve communication and assist in the negotiating process, which benefits both parties.

Harvard Law School reports that there are several types of mediation, making it a viable option regardless of the situation. In each case, a trained mediator uses an approach that best addresses the situation and resolves the conflict.

Facilitative mediation

This traditional form of mediation focuses on promoting negotiation between you and your ex. At its foundation is the belief that participants can agree on a settlement if they each have the information, support and time needed. He or she helps you each explore the other’s deeper interest, without inserting their own opinion or point of view. Helping you achieve a long-term arrangement is the goal.

This method is not for everyone. If you and your ex cannot have meaningful discourse in even the best circumstances, Evaluative Mediation of mediation may work.

Evaluative Mediation

Reaching a deal and avoiding a trial is EM’s goal. Mediators who use this method of resolution often have a legal background. The style focuses more on the expected outcome if your case goes to trial, rather than the deeper interests of facilitative mediation. The mediator typically gives advice, based on the goals and risks you and your ex reveal. He or she may also provide settlement recommendations you and your ex do not agree by the last session.

Regardless of the approach, the mediator is an unbiased third-party who uses facts to reach a resolution that addresses your unique situation and family dynamics.