Do We Argue Too Much To Mediate?

You And Your Spouse Can Mediate!

One of the biggest misconceptions about mediation is that it is for couples who are “getting along”.  I have been a mediator for over a decade and most of the couples that I work with are not “getting along”.  In almost all divorce cases there is a certain level of anger, conflict and distrust.  Divorce creates additional stresses for a family.  Even couples that could communicate and resolve issues in the past may have difficulties during the divorce process.   My role as a mediator is to respect where the couple is in the divorce process and to support them as they go forward.  Many couples say they can’t discuss significant issues at home because the discussion becomes too heated.  As a mediator it is my role to encourage respectful, honest dialogue.  Here are some of the guidelines that we use in mediation:

Speak for yourself, not for your spouse

Express your goals and needs, even if you think your spouse will not support them

Listen carefully to your spouse’s comments

Think creatively

Focus on the future, not the past

Control your emotions, even if your spouse is being provocative

Offer solutions that address your needs as well as your spouse’s needs

In mediation you will learn how to transition from an intimate communication style to a more reserved communication style.  I tell my clients to talk to your partner how you would talk to a business associate – calmly and clearly.


Mediation is an option for most couples

Mediation is an option for most couples




About Paula Levy

Marriage Counseling, Couples & Family Therapy & Divorce Mediation in Westport and Ridgefield

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