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Are divorce mediators neutral?

On Behalf of | Feb 14, 2022 | Divorce |

If you are contemplating ending your marriage, you may be looking for ways to avoid a nasty courtroom battle. After all, while your marriage is no longer working, you do not have ill wishes for your soon-to-be ex-spouse. You also do not want to spend a fortune on a lengthy legal fight.

Divorce mediation may be the solution, as it allows you and your husband or wife to find common ground and reach an acceptable settlement. According to reporting from NBC News, divorce mediation may also save money for both you and your spouse.

Your mediator should not take sides

Neutrality is often one of the bigger concerns divorcing couples have when deciding whether to pursue mediation. While mediators come from different backgrounds, they have a professional obligation to be neutral. Therefore, you should not have to worry about your mediator taking either your side or your spouse’s.

You and your spouse should agree on the mediator

Not all mediators are right for every divorcing couple. Therefore, you should plan to expend some energy on finding an optimal one for your divorce. If you think a mediator is unlikely to treat you fairly, you have the option of rejecting him or her.

You can still have legal counsel

If you are still not sure whether a mediator will give you a fair shake, it may put your mind at ease to know you can have legal counsel. Your attorney can help you pick a mediator and understand your options. If you do not like the outcome of your mediation, your lawyer also can help you explore additional alternatives.

Ultimately, while there are often some drawbacks to divorce mediation, you likely do not have to fret over the possibility your mediator will be unfair to you.


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