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Common misconceptions about divorce mediation

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2019 | Mediation |

For many years, Nevada had one of the highest divorce rates in the country. It was nearly double what you would find elsewhere. However, the divorce rate in Nevada has declined in recent years, right along with the rest of the United States. 

Despite divorce’s prevalence in society, many misconceptions persist around it. In particular, people get many things wrong about divorce mediation. Here are some common myths you need to get out of your head if you think you could benefit from mediation for your upcoming divorce. 

The mediator makes all the decisions

In mediation sessions, both spouses meet with an objective third-party mediator. The mediator helps the couple sort out their differences in a calm environment. However, the mediator does not have the final say on how to divide property. Therefore, couples do not have to worry about someone else figuring everything out for them. The couple still decides on everything, but the mediator facilitates the conversation in a productive way. 

Medication does not work in high-conflict cases

It is natural for emotions to run high throughout a divorce. While both parties need to sit down together with a mediator, they can still have a fruitful discussion, even if they are angry with one another. Some couples prefer to bring a marriage counselor or another party into the mix to further help the two of them sort through their emotions. 

You do not need a lawyer for mediation

Each spouse should have his or her separate lawyers throughout the divorce process. A lot of spouses assume they will settle on everything during the mediation sessions, so a lawyer is not necessary. You may figure everything out, but a lawyer still needs to draft all the legal paperwork and ensure you two handled everything correctly. Getting legal advice from your lawyer can also help immensely during the mediation sessions. 


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