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Divorce Mediators need to help clients on 3 levels

May 23, 2011

Successful Mediators need to be able to help on 3 levels at the same time.  Couples going through divorce need to navigate the emotional, logistical, and legal aspects of divorce. 

There are 5 stages of grief that couples going through divorce will experience.  These stages are Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance.  These stages may or may not occur in order and the two parties will go through these stages in different ways and at different times.   As a mediator, you need to be able to tailor your approach individually to each party and be cognizant of where each of them is at in the grief cycle.

There are so many logistical items to address for the couple that is transitioning from being a married couple to being single again.   If they are parents, they will transition from a marriage partnership to a parenting partnership.   Even though the marriage ends they will always be parents and need to find a way to work together to focus on the children.    The mediator needs to be well versed in all the items that need to be addressed and should provide a logistical checklist for each of them to use so they know all the items that need to be done.

There are a number of areas that need to be addressed for a divorce to be legally granted.  The marital property needs to be divided,  individual expenses for each party and their children need to covered, and a solid parenting plan needs to be tailored to the couple’s needs.   The mediator needs to keep current with the legal trends of the court and ensure the mediated agreement covers all the necessary legal areas for a comprehensive Memorandum of Agreements.

If you live in Eden Prairie, Wayzata, Minnetonka, Chanhassen, Chaska, Shakopee, or surrounding communities, you are a short drive from Johnson Mediation in Chanhassen MN.   Johnson Mediation offers a FREE ONE HOUR CONSULTATION for you learn more about mediation on how it can help you stay in control.   Call today for your free appointment 952 401-7599.

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