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Category Archives: Mediation Process

The Top Four Questions to Ask in Your Divorce Mediation

Questions for spouses to ask in divorce mediation

Nicole K. Levy of South Shore Divorce Mediation explores the top four questions to ask in mediation.  Pursuing mediation for a divorce or family law issue is a decision that all people involved need to agree on prior to engaging in the process. Once the mediation begins, though, spouses or parents often find themselves at […]

How Different Mediation Styles Address Power Imbalances

Different mediation styles handle power imbalances in divorce

Divorce mediator Kimberley Keyes explores how power imbalances can be addressed using different mediation styles. Unequal power dynamics can be an obstacle in some divorce mediations. While mediators are well aware of this potential problem, not every mediation style is equal when it comes to dealing with power imbalances. Mediators who rely strictly on a […]

Comparing the 3 Major Styles of Mediation

3 styles of divorce mediation help spouses resolve issues

Divorce mediator Nicole K. Levy reviews compares and contrasts facilitative mediation, evaluative mediation and transformative mediation. Mediators use a variety of techniques to resolve legal disputes. Indeed, mediation is a craft that can be executed in different ways, depending on a mediator’s expertise, the preference of the clients, and the nature of the dispute in […]

The Increased Role of Mediation Coaches in Shuttle Mediation

Mediation coaching in shuttle mediation

Cape Cod mediator and mediation coach, Carmela M. Miraglia, explores how shuttle mediation increases opportunities for mediation coaches. Shuttle mediation is a popular technique used by divorce mediators to help couples resolve their legal disputes amicably. While this technique can be especially useful in high conflict divorces, it is also aids mediations by reducing the […]

Shuttle Diplomacy Helps Resolve High-Conflict Divorce Mediations

Resolving divorce with shuttle mediation.

Divorce mediator Nicole K. Levy explores how shuttle mediation allows couples can resolve high-conflict divorce despite strong emotions. Estranged spouses sometimes avoid mediating their divorce because they believe that mediation is only for couples who “get along” during the divorce process. Successful mediations come in all forms, however, including those involving spouses who do not […]

How Hiring a Mediation Coach Can Help You Mediate Your Divorce

Mediation coaches help spouses cope with the stressful divorce process

Mediation Coach and Divorce Mediator Carmela M. Miraglia discusses how hiring a mediation coach can help with the divorce mediation process. While mediating your divorce is usually less stressful than litigating it, the mediation participants can still face tension, stress and fears about the unknown. Having a mediation coach help you through the process can […]

The “Co-Worker Rule” Helps Spouses set Boundaries During a Divorce

The co-worker helps divorced spouses talk.

Divorce Mediator Kimberley Keyes discusses how the Co-Worker Rule helps former spouses communicate after separating. In a recent divorce mediation blog post, we discussed the Co-Worker Rule, which provides a practical approach for separated spouses setting boundaries and communicating during and after the divorce process. A recent Massachusetts divorce case highlights the importance of the […]

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 […]