It has never been easier to find a mediator in your area. In today’s online world, you have many options, avenues, and resources to seek out a neutral mediator that both you and the other side can agree on. However, with so many different options, it is easy to get a bit lost. How do you find a mediator that you can trust? Here is a basic guide on the best ways to find a family mediator in your area.
First, assess the choices you have in your city. For example, in San Diego there are many different family and divorce mediators to choose from. However, many of these mediators have side legal practice. Mediation is not their concentration, litigation is. You want to choose a mediation firm that is exclusively committed to low-conflict dispute resolution. In other words, you don’t want a mediator that thinks like an attorney. You want a mediator that thinks (and acts) like a mediator, even if they are licensed to practice. Out of your general search, choose a few mediators that you believe may be a good fit.
Reviews and Referrals
After you have chose a few potential mediators, search their name online to read reviews that past clients or colleagues have posted. You may even search professional social media sites such as LinkedIn to look at their education and experience. If you feel comfortable, you can also turn to friends or family for referrals.
The final step in your search for a mediator is to call and schedule a consultation. You can meet with your mediator face to face and explain your dispute. It is always best that you meet the mediator for a consultation with both parties present. Therefore, both you and your spouse know exactly what was said to the mediator regarding your case. Many mediators require both parties to be present. Use this time to get a feel for the mediator’s communication style and their conflict resolution skills. They will go over the mediation process for your particular issue and propose how to move forward after the consultation.
Once you feel comfortable with a mediator, you can sign a client agreement and proceed to solve your issues amicably.
If you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced mediators in San Diego, call San Diego Family Mediation Center at (858) 736-2411.