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LEONARD M.WEINER, ESQ, Ph.D.
DIVORCE SOLUTIONS
206 East 38th Street
New York, N.Y. 10016
(212) 370-1660

MEDIATION V. LITIGATION - DIVORCE SOLUTIONS SERVICES

Question #10:
Two people, one mediator? Or, should we each get a mediator of our own?
Answer:
Unlike the adversarial system where each party hires his/her attorney to represent each party's interest, in mediation the attorney-mediator remains neutral, not representing either party but facilitating the process and controlling the procedure in which the parties themselves determine all of the resolutions necessary to preparing a Separation Agreement and ultimately file the divorce papers.

Therefore, only one mediator is necessary in most cases, unless there are some special circumstances which may require both an attorney-mediator, and a psychologist-mediator.

The mediator must maintain his neutrality throughout the entire process. The mediator's goal is to reach a settlement based on the consensus of the parties which does not require his approval or disapproval. The mediator's role is to guide the parties through the process and should not offer a suggested resolution of problem unless an impasse is reached.

So, yes, two parties, one mediator.

Leonard M. Weiner, Esq./Divorce Solutions

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