How to Find a Good Divorce Mediator
Mediation can help people resolve the most complex disputes. It’s an especially well-suited tool for people facing family law issues. Working with an experienced divorce mediator can help you create the most direct path for the resolution you need to end your divorce civilly.
Family law matters such as divorce, child custody, and other issues can be complicated to resolve. Everyone has their agendas and often conflicting sets of ‘best interests.’ Effective resolutions can often be best achieved by finding common ground instead of fighting each other. Of course, that’s not typically easy for a divorcing couple to accomplish without a skilled individual managing the conversation. Working with someone experienced in divorce mediation can help you create the most immediate path to ensuring a resolution. To help find a divorce mediator, you can follow some of these steps:
- Research online – Search the internet for a divorce mediator in your area.
- Ask for recommendations – Seek recommendations from friends, family, or acquaintances who have gone through a divorce or know someone who has.
- Consult with legal professionals – Reach out to family law attorneys or other legal professionals in your area. They often have knowledge of reputable mediators and can provide recommendations.
- Check professional associations – Look for mediators who are members of professional associations or state-specific mediation organizations.
- Conduct interviews – Once you have a list of potential mediators, contact them to schedule initial consultations or interviews. This will allow you to discuss your case, ask questions about their experience and approach, and assess whether they fit your needs.
- Consider qualifications and experience – When evaluating potential mediators, consider their qualifications, training, and experience in family law and divorce mediation.
- Evaluate compatibility and rapport – Choosing a divorce mediator with whom you feel comfortable and can establish rapport is crucial. The mediator should be impartial, neutral, and able to create a safe and respectful environment.
- Consider cost and logistics – Inquire about the mediator’s fees, payment structure, and availability.
Through mediation, a divorce mediator does not take sides. The mediator is strictly a neutral party who guides spouses through mediation to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. Likewise, a mediator cannot give legal advice to the parties but will explain how the law applies to their situation.
Divorce mediator Hugh O’Donnell has presented many advanced mediation training courses and has earned the respect of the courts and the legal community for his efforts to use mediation to help people. He is a leader in bringing the benefits of mediation to people in Missouri and Kansas. For more than 40 years, he has been helping people work through the most challenging family law matters and knows the good that mediation can do.
If you are in the Kansas City area and need a divorce mediator with experience and a leader in their field, contact me online today to schedule a consultation, or feel free to call me at (816) 533-5152 with any questions regarding your divorce case.