Choose Your Divorce Mediator Wisely  –

Justice may be blind, but don’t let yourself blunder blindly into hiring a mediator.

Choosing divorce mediation instead of going the traditional route (aka hiring two litigation attorneys) is an appealing approach to many splitting couples; it’s usually far less expensive, it’s designed to give couples agency over their own divorce outcomes, and where kids are involved, it tends to be far less damaging to future co-parenting relationships.

But mediation isn’t divorce light or a watered down version of settlement negotiation. It involves commitment, motivation and effort. To be successful, mediation needs to be the right choice for your specific situation and you need to hire the right mediator.

How can you tell if your mediator has the right amount of experience, sensitivity and savvy?

Does your mediator need to be a practicing attorney?

Will you have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with your mediator if you feel you need to?

Do mediators welcome or tolerate the participation of other professionals in the process?

What can you do to maximize your chances of successfully mediating your divorce?

What to do if you feel your mediator is “taking your spouse’s side” too often?

How to determine if you need to fire your mediator and work with someone else?

Join us for a discussion with mediation attorney Shelley Klein as we tackle these questions and others–including yours. Bring them on!



Thursday, November 3rd
12 pm -1pm ET (9-10am PT)
on Zoom

$35 for non-members

Shelley Klein provides family mediation through her private law practice, Divorced and Intact, as well as through the NY Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG). She began her career at Paul, Weiss in corporate litigation, clerked for a Federal court judge in Brooklyn, and worked extensively in social justice before starting her own family law practice in New York. She is the Associate Director of the Center for Institutional and Social Change (CISC) at Columbia Law School and the Assistant Director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP) at Columbia University.