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Tips for the divorce mediation process

Sometimes, Illinois couples are able to navigate the divorce process through mediation, especially if they get along with each other. However, even though situations may vary, there are certain guidelines professionals suggest people follow in order to help the process. The most important goal of divorce mediation is to move people away from their positions and explore the reasons why those positions are held. Once all parties understand those reasons, most agreements tend to come together.

Mediators aim to move clients from their positions, or stance they have on certain issues, to interests, which are defined as the needs or concerns of people. The more each party understands about the other one's interests, the greater the livelihood the resolution will be a success. Experts suggest avoiding reinforcing positions; instead, they should create groundwork for discussion that leave most options option.

The role and function of the mediator is often misunderstood. Many people believe that mediators are available to evaluate weaknesses and strengths as well as offer guidance and advice. People may also feel inclined to choose mediators similar to them. The best choice for a mediator is to choose someone who can step away from the situation and view it with an unbiased and open mind.

Those seeking divorce might want to consider mediation as opposed to choosing the traditional litigation process. A divorce mediation attorney may help by offering viable solutions that might work with both partners. A mediation attorney may get to the core of the issue and might get couples to open up and discuss their problems as a means toward an amicable resolution.

Source: Huffington Post, "Parties' Positions and the Mediation Process", Mark Baer, October 07, 2013

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