Private Mediation v. Court-Connected Mediation: Which Is Right For You?

There are two types of divorce mediation that your divorce mediation attorney can assist you with: private mediation and court-connected mediation. Although one is not better than the other, your lawyer will determine which is the better option for you and your spouse.

Private Mediation

A private mediation does not involve the courts or a judge. Rather, it generally requires the services of a private-practice divorce mediator that both spouses have agreed to use in order to settle their issues amicably without involving the courts.

One of the major benefits to private mediation is that it provides you and your spouse more control over the mediation process. On the other hand, a major disadvantage is that is this type of mediation is a more costly option than court-connected mediation.

If you decide that you want to pursue private mediation, your divorce mediation attorney will help you find a mediator that you are comfortable with.

Court-Connected Mediation

Court-connected mediation is usually a free service provided through public funds. You and your divorcing spouse must go through family court in order to obtain the services of a public divorce mediator. This type of mediation can be either confidential or non-confidential.  In a non-confidential mediation, the mediator can inform the presiding judge of the discussion and even make recommendations as to what he think is an appropriate arrangement in sensitive matters such as child custody and support.

We Can Help

If you want to finalize your divorce in a friendly manner as quickly as possible, mediation is the best option. Your divorce mediation attorney will help you decide what kind of mediation will work best in your particular situation.

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