If a couple going through a divorce utilizes a divorce mediator to help them reach agreements in a divorce, they expect the mediator to be knowledgeable. That is why divorce mediators are required to be educated in the various issues that arise in a divorce.
They must understand child custody laws and also understand child development, how co-parenting affects children, how substance abuse affects them and other issues surrounding the best interests of the child. Mediators also need to understand the child support laws, spousal support laws, tax laws, valuation of property, monthly budgeting, health insurance and other aspects that help determine the outcome of these issues.
In addition to understanding the various laws and aspects of the decisions made in mediation, mediators also need to understand the mediation process and practices to ensure they will be able to facilitate negotiation between all types of disputes. All of this is important because people go to mediation with the hope that they will be able to reach agreements and settle their divorce. However, the final decisions in divorce mediation are still made by the couple and mediators simply help the couple negotiate.
Many people go through divorces each year in New York. The couple can resolve the divorce in a number of different ways, but at a basic level they must either reach agreements or they need a judge to make the decisions. If the couple wants to settle the divorce, one option they have is to utilize a knowledgeable mediator who can help facilitate negotiation.