Why Situational Divorce Mediation is Best for You

No two people or relationships are the same and thus, no two divorces are the same.  The same style of mediation will not always work for every couple so it is important that a mediator is flexible in their approach to mediation and able to adapt to unique circumstances.  Even in the best circumstances, divorce involves many emotions including sadness, anger, grief, frustration, and more.  Effective communication and negotiation can be better facilitated by using what is known as “situational mediation.”

There are different ways to resolve issues depending on the individual personalities and needs of a couple getting a divorce.  Some of the common mediation methods including the evaluative method, facilitative, and transformative methods.  And, while each has unique benefits and drawbacks, there is no one particular method that ‘always’ works. Often, a person’s emotions drive decision-making, even if that isn’t ideal.  With a situational approach, both individuals and make fully informed decisions and reach durable agreements more easily, quickly, and inexpensively, than traditional divorce or divorce mediation methods.

Situational mediation incorporates the positive aspects of these three methods while also including elements such as empathy, humility, and compassion.  This unique method allows mediators to quickly engage in and model these elements for a divorcing couple, making it easier for all involved to exhibit these traits during the mediation process.  Situational mediators will find opportunities to share personal stories.  This type of self-disclosure can help individuals connect with and trust their mediator, making mediation more effective and efficient.

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