Top 10 Mediator Attributes
It is important to find a mediator to best fit you and your case. Here are a few attributes to look for when deciding which mediator to use:
A mediator is a neutral third-party used to assist in resolving disputes and reaching agreements. As such, a mediator should be impartial and unbiased to all parties to ensure a productive process centered on each party’s goals.
A mediator should be respectful of all parties involved. The mediator should treat the parties, attorneys, and others involved with the same respect.
The process of a divorce, property division, child custody, and parenting time can be emotionally exhausting and complex, so a mediator must be attentive to all circumstances.
It is important to have a mediator who is knowledgeable about the issues in your specific case. An attorney can help facilitate and ensure the mediator has the required knowledge to best serve you.
A mediator should be experienced and equipped with the necessary background to handle the specific factual and legal issues your case. For example, if your case involves a business, you may consider using someone who has a business or accounting background.
As stated above, a mediator is a neutral third-party. He or she should fairly represent each side’s positions during mediation. Although a mediator is not just a messenger, both parties’ interests should be taken into account when trying to reach a sustainable agreement.
A mediator should dedicate time to learn about your case and prepare for mediation. This does not mean the mediator should dominate the mediation, rather, guide the parties to the ultimate goal.
The goal of mediation is to facilitate a sustainable agreement, but an agreement is not required at the end of the session. If either party feels the session needs to be continued, there should be no pressure to sign an agreement.
A mediator should be credible within the community. The mediator’s reputation among clients and attorneys will give insight into his or her credibility.
Mediation often involves many complex issues, so it is helpful to find a mediator who is flexible during the process and willing to adapt.
Attorneys often interact with various mediators in the area and can help find one best suited to you and your case. If you have any questions about selecting a mediator, please reach out today for your free consultation – you can call our office at (651) 647-0087 or reach out via our online contact form.