How does the step-by-step approach of divorce mediation
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- At the first session, the parties talk about their reasons for seeking
mediation, and the divorce mediator provides the parties with a detailed
outline of how the mediation process works. At this session, the mediator
will also set forth the guidelines for the mediation process. The
parties and the mediator will identify the information that needs
to be exchanged and discuss and agree upon any necessary ground rules.
Identify issues and develop understanding.
- The parties and the mediator will specify each of the issues to
be resolved. On an issue by issue basis, the mediator will attempt
to understand as fully as possible each party's point of view as well
as his and her needs, interests, and priorities. The mediator also
assists the parties in understanding each other.
Explore interests and consider options.
- With further discussion, the parties explore their interests, and,
in view of their own priorities, develop various options that best
serve their present and future needs.
Resolution and consensus.
- During the last step, the parties consider possible options and
choose those that work for them and that do not cause the other party
to give up something that is important to him or her. These options
are then incorporated into an agreement that is drawn up by the attorney
mediator. The parties have their independent attorneys review the
agreement. If the agreement is satisfactory to both parties, they
sign the agreement and move on to the next phase of their lives.
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