Mediation is a form of conflict resolution where a neutral third party, known as a mediator, works with a couple to resolve the issues of their divorce. A skilled mediator will facilitate constructive communication, help the couple navigate important issues like alimony, child support and the distribution of marital assets, and provide solutions to some of the common roadblocks that may arise. In some cases, one spouse may feel that the negotiations are not balanced, or that the mediator appears to have greater empathy for the other spouse. One solution to this scenario is to consider co-mediation, where a second mediator is present to ensure that the process is balanced and fair. If you have questions about co-mediation, or any other aspect of the divorce process, contact a highly skilled divorce lawyer.
What Is Co-Mediation?
When mediation is not effective, co-mediation is a viable next step for couples who may be struggling with conflict resolutions. The co-mediation process addresses this problem by involving two neutral professionals who have been trained in conflict resolution. When there is more than one mediator, both individuals can recognize any signs of biases that may emerge and ensure that they maintain their neutrality. In addition, when there are two professionals assisting a couple with the mediation process, they are able to pick up on certain issues or conflicts that the other mediator may not catch. Ultimately, the purpose of co-mediation is to encourage the collaborative nature of mediation and facilitate agreements on all key issues with as little conflict as possible.
What Are the Benefits of Co-Mediation?
While mediation helps couples obtain a divorce in less time, at a lower cost, and with much less conflict and stress, it is not always successful. There are a number of circumstances where one or both parties may feel that the mediation process is not working, including situations where one spouse is unwilling to compromise or if the mediator appears biased towards one spouse. In cases like this, co-mediation may be a more effective option. The following are examples of some of the main benefits of co-mediation:
- Co-mediators work together to work through the issues and prevent the process from stalling.
- Having two mediators involved helps both parties focus on the main issues that they are having trouble resolving.
- Co-mediation provides additional guidance through the court system, including the preparation of legally enforceable agreements, including property division, alimony, child support and custody agreements.
- With co-mediation, there is a greater potential for neutrality and equity throughout the divorce process.
- Having a second mediator present means that there is a greater range of knowledge and skill sets that can benefit you and your spouse throughout the mediation process.
- Co-mediation is less expensive than litigation, however, it is more expensive than mediation. The addition of a second mediator will result in increased costs.
Freehold Divorce Lawyers at Lyons & Associates, P.C. Assist Clients with the Co-Mediation Process
If you and your spouse have made the decision to end your marriage, and you have been unable to reach a conflict resolution through mediation, co-mediation may be a viable option for you. The Freehold divorce lawyers at Lyons & Associates, P.C. will review your case, determine whether co-mediation is the best option, and ensure that you reach a favorable settlement. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 908-575-9777 or contact us online. With offices located in Somerville, Morristown, and Freehold, we serve clients throughout Somerset, Woodbridge, Morristown, Parsippany, Rockaway, Short Hills, Chatham, Randolph, Madison, and Morris Plains.