When going through divorce, mediation is one of many options. This typically works best for couples who already have a good sense of how they want to tackle the split and know that they can work together decently.
How exactly does divorce mediation work, though?
Mediation as a form of collaboration
FINRA takes a look at comparing arbitration and mediation. Mediation specifically counts as one of the most collaborative ways of solving a problem, and this goes for divorce mediation, too.
Within mediation, a mediator will work with a couple to reach an agreeable conclusion that both members can find fair and valid. It is their job to guide a couple through discussions that can help them reach that point.
How mediators help
Mediators can also help with dispute management and resolution. Even a truly amiable couple will usually end up in an argument or two during this process, and mediators can step in to bring the tension back down if it starts rising out of control.
On top of that, they offer a unique third-party perspective free of bias toward either member of the couple. This allows them to give advice and opinions that neither party directly involved would have likely considered.
However, they cannot tell a couple what they can and cannot do, nor can they enforce their opinions the way that a judge or arbitrator can.
Because of this, the majority of power and responsibility still lies with the couple. This is often a big boon for some, especially a couple that can get along well enough to make mediation work.