If one mediator is good, are two mediators
— Frankly, in many ways, yes. There are a number
of advantages that co-mediation offers, both in process and in content.
Having two mediators is a great benefit in making sure every issue is
thoroughly covered. Additionally, co-mediation offers an opportunity
to create balance in several respects:
individuals who are going through the pain and strain of a family
dispute feel more comfortable and confident
with a mediator of the same gender. Working
with a male/female co-mediation
team affords that comfort to both parties.
are also stylistic differences between mediators
in the way they listen for facts, pick up
on emotions, elicit responses and offer information.
of co-mediators increases the likelihood that everyone will have
a positive experience.
- Mediators also bring
different backgrounds and areas of expertise
to the table. Many family
conflicts (such as divorce, inheritance,
and emotional realities, and legal realities as well; a co-mediation
team of a mental health professional and a lawyer
addresses both realities with
knowledge and sensitivity.
- Balance helps to create comfort. A comfortable
environment is one that is most conducive
to achieving the kind of process desired by
Co-mediation is advantageous because
the professional consultation between the mediators
is built in and readily
available. Professionals in any field
often do their best work when they are able to consult with their
peers. Co-mediators have the distinct advantage
of being able to consult throughout the work
Co-mediation offers all of these advantages
at a fee comparable to most experienced,
individual mediators, while saving the
family the considerable
and personal cost of possible litigation. When the co-mediation
model creates an atmosphere most conducive to reaching
agreements, the entire mediation
process can be less costly in both time and expense.