What is Co-Mediation?

What is Co-Mediation?

The mediation process is popular in divorce cases as it provides each spouse with greater control over the outcome of the case and helps them to avoid expensive, drawn-out litigation.

The term “co-mediation” refers to a system in which divorcing spouses use two neutral mediators to work through the issues in their case.

Here’s an overview of what you should know about co-mediation.

How does it work?

There may be circumstances in which one party to a mediation might feel as though they either “won” or “lost” the mediation, perhaps due to earning (or failing to earn) empathy from the mediator. If this perception exists, a party to the divorce could feel they selected the wrong person to serve as their supposedly neutral mediator.

With co-mediation, two professional mediators get paired to provide greater balance and equity to the process. These mediators work independently from each other to ensure neutrality.

Beyond greater neutrality, benefits of this mediation format include:

  • Speeding up the mediation process, encouraging a prompt resolution of the issues by both parties
  • Additional perspectives and skills to help maneuver the couple through the mediation process ass efficiently as possible
  • More effective follow-up after the mediation is complete
  • Different backgrounds, as the mediators selected could be former judges, attorneys, social workers or simply mediation professionals
  • Still a much lower cost than going through extended divorce litigation
  • More assistance when there are more complex issues at stake in the divorce

To learn more about co-mediation and how you can benefit from using mediation in your divorce, contact an experienced Long Island divorce lawyer at Solutions Divorce Mediation.

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