How to choose a mediator
"Mediate don’t litigate!" Proponents of mediation encourage couples to settle differences outside of courts and without the involvement of litigation attorneys. Following are tips to help you find a professional Mediation attorney who is trained, credentialed and experienced.
QualificationsIn New York State, a basic 45 hours beginners training course allows you to hang your Mediation shingle and start a quick cash business. It is not prohibited by the law to call yourself a mediator after one round of basic training. The field of mediation and alternative dispute resolution, is becoming ever more popular, as people realize that it is, emotionally and economically, a much gentler approach. .
After sixteen years of practicing mediation and attending numerous workshops, conferences, and professional developments, I find myself more as a student than a teacher. An Accredited Mediator has successfully completed over 200 cases ,finished advanced mediation classes, interned with senior mediators and attend credited continuing education courses throughout the year.. Accreditation is a rigorous and on-going process.
An average mediator has a four-year college degree and perhaps a professional degree in a secondary area such as law, mental health, social services or finance. Although one does not need to be an attorney to mediate settlements, only an attorney can draft and file legal documents-the entire process takes place in the mediator's office.. A non-attorney can only write a memorandum of understanding for a couple. Then the couple must take the memorandum to an attorney to draft their legal separation. Then if the couple are pursuing a divorce, an attorney is needed to start a divorce process. If a couple choice a mediator who is not an attorney, they must also hire two attorneys to draft a legal separation.
ExperienceEveryday, I am blown away with diverse issues and circumstances that make up the complex nature of marriage. Only years of experience and a wide variety of cases create the creative and out-of-the-box thinking and problem-solving skills necessary to guide couples to a successful negotiated outcome. Would you undergo a serious medical procedure with a physician without years of experience? Why treat such a sensitive time of your family's life any differently?