Some see mediation as a favored approach to resolving disputes because it offers a less confrontational option for divorcing couples. When Ohio spouses are reviewing the scenarios for settling matters between them, here’s what they should know about mediation, starting with its pros and cons.
Advantages of having a mediator helping with communication and the resolution of differences are many. FindLaw outlines them briefly, highlighting the reality that the mediation process is a faster choice. It also allows those involved to stay out of the public eye, keeping things between them more confidential. A collaborative approach, mediation helps preserve relationships and may offer results the opposing parties find more satisfying because they have direct input into decisions.
The disadvantages, on the other hand, include the fact that it does not always work. The spouses may not reach an agreement even after spending significant time, money and energy in the process. If that happens, they are left no option but to invest further in courtroom proceedings. In addition, the formal rules of trial help ensure fairness for all parties, and that element is missing in the informal process of mediation. Finally, alternative dispute resolution is not recommended in divorces involving allegations of domestic violence.
Couples who have chosen mediation should know the Ohio Mediation Association is pushing for voluntary credentialing. Leaders say the process would provide credibility for experienced mediators and mentorship for the inexperienced. They are not proposing credentials be mandatory but strongly recommend the program for the benefits it offers in training, recognition and professional development.