Choosing a Mediator…Divorce Mediation
Choosing a mediator…As you begin to learn about the option of divorce mediation, it’s important to know that not all mediators are alike. For example, not all have pursued formal divorce mediation training and intensive advanced mediation training. In addition, not all are family law attorneys with an essential background in the issues relating to divorce who also continue their education in family law on an ongoing basis. Lastly, not all integrate the confidential caucus into their divorce mediation process whereby each spouse can express concerns freely and privately in individual sessions with the mediator.
When you speak with prospective mediators you’ll want to consider both their qualifications and your needs. An introductory consultation is the perfect opportunity to ask all of your questions and determine whether there’s a fit. Some mediators, such as Bergen County, NJ divorce lawyer Joe Noto ESQ, offer the introductory consultation free of charge.
How to find a divorce mediator who’s right for you:
Check their background
There is no national or state licensing or even standard credentials for mediators, but you want a divorce mediator who has received a certificate of divorce mediation training (40 hours) as well as a certificate of intensive advanced training. Divorce mediators may come from other relevant professions like family law and family therapy.
Ask about their experience
Clear knowledge of and experience with the issues relating to divorce are important qualifications. While specific divorce mediation experience is a clear credential, a mediator with a solid family law background is certain to have dealt extensively with all of the issues relevant to divorce in New Jersey and specifically divorce in Bergen County, NJ.
Get references from other professionals you trust
Clergy, family lawyers, family therapists, accountants, and financial advisors may all be in a position to refer you to qualified divorce mediators. Mediators you’re considering may also give you names of other professionals who can vouch for their skills.
Look for a qualified professional with whom you feel comfortable
You want your divorce mediator to be a skillful facilitator who helps you define your own choices but who can also, when appropriate, offer specific options from his experience that you may not have considered. Choose someone whom you believe is qualified and with whom you feel very comfortable so you can be as open as possible.
Consider the quality of educational materials
Look for a useful, professional website, print material, packet of reprints of YouTube videos that convey the divorce mediator’s skills and style, helps you understand the process of mediation, and outlines key issues relating to uncontested divorce. See if the divorce mediator writes or speaks on mediation. Effective materials and a commitment to educating about divorce mediation are positive signs that the mediator is knowledgeable, informed, and current.
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New Jersey (NJ), Bergen County, Passaic County, Hackensack 07601, Bergenfield 07621, Cliffside Park 07019, Dumont 07628, Edgewater 07020, Elmwood Park 07407, Emerson 07630, Englewood 07631, Englewood Cliffs 07632, Fair Lawn 07410, Fairview 07022, Fort Lee 07024, Franklin Lakes 07417, Garfield 07026, Glen Rock 07452, Harrington Park 07640, Hasbrouck Heights 07604, Ho-Ho-Kus 07423, Leonia 07605, Little Ferry 07643, Lodi 07644, Lyndhurst 07071, Mahwah 07495, Midland Park 07432, Moonachie 07074, New Milford 07646, North Arlington 07031, Northvale 07647, Norwood 07648, Oakland 07436, Old Tappan 07675, Oradell 07649, Palisades Park 07650, Paramus 07652, Park Ridge 07656, Ramsey 07446, Ridgefield 07657, Ridgefield Park 07660, Ridgewood 07451, River Edge 07661, River Vale 07675, Rochelle Park 07662, Rockleigh 07647, Rutherford 07070, Saddle Brook 07663, Saddle River 07458, South Hackensack 07606, Teaneck 07666, Tenafly 07670, Upper Saddle River 07458, Waldwick 07463, Wallington 07057, Twp of Washington 07676, Westwood 07675, Woodcliff Lake 07677, Wood Ridge 07075, Wyckoff 07481, Bogota 07603, Carlstadt 07072, Allendale 07401, Closter 07624, Cresskill 07626, Demarest 07627, Haworth 07641, Hillsdale 07642, East Rutherford 07073, Montvale 07645