Mediation is an alternative form of divorce where a professional mediator works with both spouses in order to reach agreements about important aspects of the divorce, such as child custody and property division.
Because mediation tends to be cheaper, faster and less contentious than traditional divorce, it has become more and more popular in recent years.
One style of mediation that is not used as frequently is called co-meditation.
Co-mediation is almost the same as mediation, except that it makes use of two mediators instead of one.
This can be especially helpful in complicated divorces, like when spouses share a business or commercial property that needs to be divided.
Although co-mediation can be more expensive (since you and your spouse will have to pay for both mediators), it also has many benefits.
What are the benefits of co-mediation?
The idea behind co-mediation is that two heads are often better than one and that all parties will benefit when the knowledge and expertise present in the mediation process is doubled.
Listed below are some of the most common benefits of co-mediation in divorce:
- Checks and balances. Everyone has the potential for bias. Having two neutral professionals in the room can help keep everyone in check and make sure that no one side is getting the upper hand.
- More expertise. When your team is comprised of two neutral professionals from different fields, you can benefit from their wide array of experience and skill. Also, you can build your co-mediation team according to the specific needs of your divorce.
- Speed. During traditional mediations, you may lose time waiting around for your spouse to talk to the mediator separately. When you have two mediators, the process is expedited.
- Complicated cases. When your divorce involves dividing a business or complicated property division, having a mediator who is an expert in finances or another related field along with a mediator who is a lawyer can be your best bet.
Although no one profession makes the perfect mediator, certain professions possess expertise that tends to be more suitable for the job.
Some of the most common professions for mediators to be used in combination with an attorney include:
- Financial advisors
- Divorce coaches
- Communications experts
- Child counselors
- Retired judges
If you’re considering co-mediation for your divorce, then you likely have a reason for it.
Before making a final decision, it’s important to speak to a professional mediation lawyer in Fresno and San Diego who understands California’s laws and statutes and can explain your options and the pros and cons of co-mediation.
Contact a Fresno and San Diego co-mediator lawyer today
If you are interested in co-mediation, contact an experienced family law attorney to discuss your options.
We are a compassionate team of dedicated professionals who look forward to speaking with you.