Going through a divorce is difficult for all parties involved. For some couples, though, it is a little less difficult because there is a lack of animosity that makes working together possible.
However, even in amicable divorces, it is still important to have the guidance of a mediator or another third-party figure.
Mediating a dispute
Indeed discusses the role of a mediator in many areas of life, including divorce negotiations.
In general, a mediator’s job is to listen to all parties involved in a dispute and offer advice and opinions based on what they think will lead to the best outcome for everyone. In a divorce situation, this means working with both parties to ensure that the outcome benefits both equitably.
A mediator has no legal power. They cannot dictate how a divorce will go. It is entirely up to the involved parties to decide if they want to take any of the advice offered. However, most people find that it is helpful to have an unrelated third party involved, as that person can make suggestions in an unbiased way.
Mediators can also help deescalate certain situations. After all, even in amicable divorces, it is still possible and even likely for arguments to occur at some points. The important part is working through the conflict as it occurs.
It is not a mediator’s job to work through marital problems and divorce problems for the couple. It is up to the couple to take the mediator’s advice and use the tools given to them to work out their divorce matters on their own.