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Category Archives: Mediation Process

The Importance of Defining Your Goals Before Divorce Mediation

Define Goals for Divorce Mediation

Massachusetts divorce mediator Nicole K. Levy reviews the importance of identifying specific goals before starting divorce mediation. A major benefit of divorce mediation is that it allows spouses to creatively craft their own solutions to the unique issues affecting their divorce. Mediation generally focuses on the final resolution, rather than on who “won” or who […]

Overcoming Negative Emotions in the Mediation Process

Role of Negative Emotions in Divorce Mediation

Divorce mediator Nicole K. Levy explores the challenges posed by strong emotions in the mediation process. Strong emotions are a predictable part of the divorce process. Divorce mediation helps spouses process and move past strong emotions – rather than inflaming destructive feelings – so spouses can resolve their divorce in an intelligent, productive manner. Strong […]

When Should You Start the Divorce Mediation Process?

Timing - when to start divorce mediation

Divorce Mediator Carmela M. Miraglia reviews the best time to start divorce mediation. One of the advantages of the divorce mediation process, compared to the litigation process, is that mediation rewards creativity and encourages flexibility by allowing to spouses set the pace for resolving their divorce. While many spouses will complete the mediation process before […]

Understanding Interests Vs. Positions in Divorce Mediation

Divorce-Mediation-Interests-and-Positions

Divorce Mediator Kimberley Keyes explains the crucial difference between interests and positions in a divorce mediation. Positions and interests drive every divorce, whether it is resolved through mediation, litigation or trial. Put simply, in the divorce context, a position is the legal outcome that a spouse seeks, while an interest represents the underlying concerns and […]

Three Things that Mediation is NOT

Massachusetts Divorce Mediator Justin L. Kelsey presents a short primer on three things that divorce mediation is not. Mediation has become a popular alternative to court proceedings, with mediators resolving disputes of all kinds ranging from private family matters to the very public NFL lockout. But there is still a significant amount of confusion about what […]

I’m in Mediation, do I need a Lawyer too?

Do I need a lawyer for mediation?

Divorce Mediator Justin L. Kelsey of Skylark Law & Mediation guest blogs on the pros and cons of hiring an attorney for a divorce mediation. A recent LinkedIn discussion debated the value of meeting with a lawyer when participating in mediation. There are a variety of pros and cons to retaining separate counsel while you are […]

How Mediation Rewards Creativity to Resolve Disputes

Mediation promotes peaceful problem solving.

Divorce Mediator Nicole K. Levy reviews how mediation encourages dispute resolution by rewarding creative problem solving and communication. In order to begin the mediation process, it is important for you to understand what mediation is. Mediation is sometimes defined as the intervention in a dispute by an independent third party in order to reach resolution. […]