Divorce Mediation Levels the Playing Field
One of the biggest benefits of divorce mediation is that it does a lot to level the playing field between spouses. It is a supervised setting in which spouses can negotiate the terms of their divorce, meaning it is very difficult for one spouse to dominate the other and control the conversation and decision making—the professional mediator present will make sure of that.
Here’s a look at how mediators will work to protect the rights of both spouses.
Productive conversations without fear of domination
Any qualified, experienced mediator will be able to pay close attention to the spouses in the mediation sessions to quickly discern the dynamics of the relationship, and whether one spouse tends to dominate the other in conversation or in decisions. That mediator will be trained in various techniques to address and correct any imbalances that occur.
Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that mediators can only analyze what happens in front of them in mediation sessions. Some people may be able to keep their dominant behavior suppressed in the sessions, but then continue to be aggressive with divorce-related issues outside of the meetings. If you have a spouse sending you threatening messages or otherwise behaving poorly outside of mediation, it’s important to let the mediator (and your attorney) know as soon as possible.
In addition, if there is any history of domestic violence in a relationship, it’s best to avoid mediation altogether and discuss the best options forward with your attorney, as intimidation is much more likely to become a factor in these cases.
For more information about the benefits of divorce mediation, contact a trusted Long Island divorce lawyer at Solutions Divorce Mediation.