Mediation FAQs

FAQs for Consultation for Mediation

What is included in a mediation consultation?

  • The initial consultation describes the mediation process and how it differs from litigation and Collaborative processes.
  • A consultation allows you and the neutral mediator to assess whether there is a good fit.
  • Experienced professionals handling divorce matters need to understand the couple’s/family’s issues to properly assess fit for mediation and the attorney/client relationship.

Should I meet with the mediator alone or with my spouse?

  • Advantages of a joint consultation:
    • Helps maintain the mediator’s neutrality should you wish to engage the work beyond a consultation.
    • Both clients hear the same information at the same time which decreases confusion/misunderstandings.
    • Cost-effectiveness.
    • Allows the mediator to get a feel for the chemistry between the mediator and clients.
  • ZFLG offers private mediation meetings since some clients feel more comfortable being transparent without the other spouse present.

What is the nature of confidentiality during a consultation?

  • When only one spouse has met the mediator, they will disclose to the other spouse that you have already consulted. For this reason, the mediator discourages clients from providing confidential information at the initial consult.
  • When spouses opt to consult individually rather than jointly, there will be no confidentiality if the other spouse/parent becomes involved, although the mediator will not share details unnecessarily with the other spouse.
  • An individual spouse who has not consulted is offered the opportunity to consult privately as well, before proceeding.

If I engage in a mediation consultation, am I guaranteed the option to move forward as a client?

  • Engaging in a mediation consultation does not necessarily mean that ZFLG will take your case.
  • Taking your case and staying engaged with your case will depend on a number of factors, some of which are described below.

How do you know we are a good fit for the services the mediator provides?

  • The initial consultation will help us assist the mediator to make this determination.
  • As the process unfolds, we can continue to assess the suitability and fit of mediation.

How can I gain more information about you that can help us make a decision about whether to pursue your services?

  • There is considerable in information on the Zonder Family Law Group website.
  • Come prepared with specific questions about your areas of concern during your consultation.