Does my spouse have to attend my mediation sessions?
When a couple decides to get a divorce through mediation, there are options for them to choose from. Mediators understand that a divorce is a very emotional time for those involved and it might be difficult to be in the same room as the spouse you are obtaining a divorce from for an extended period of time. There are a number of possibilities that can be explored when you are obtaining a divorce through mediation. A mediator exists not only to assist in the divorce proceedings but also to do so in a peaceful manner. If it would be most beneficial to both parties to remain separated for the majority of the divorce proceedings, that is permitted. The mediator may try and speak with both of you separately and then try to peacefully bring you together to discuss the matter at hand, such as matters of child custody, for example. It is important for both sides to have their voices heard in a situation like this because it heavily impacts the future of everyone involved.
It may be wise to have both parties be able to fully explain themselves privately to the unbiased mediator. Many times when children are involved, it is beneficial for the entire family to attend a mediation session together. This has the potential to show the children that their parents are working together for the common good of the family and help them feel somewhat more at ease during this turbulent time. There are a lot of things that are changing in the family dynamic and it is important that the children feel included and like their voices are heard throughout the process. If you have questions about mediation, you should speak with an experienced mediator to assist you with your particular circumstances.
Judith Goldberg is an experienced Boca Raton mediator serving Palm Beach and Broward County, Florida. If you need a compassionate mediator to guide you through your family law matter, contact our Boca Raton office for a free consultation.