Georgia Daniels, J.D., Mediator in Pasadena
WHO HAS THE POWER IN MEDIATION?
In mediation, who has the Power to Decide? The difference between mediation and other ways to solve divorce problems is that in mediation, the clients have the power to decide all issues between them.
At Window Rock, in the Navajo Nation in Arizona, the power of erosion created this unusual view through a mountain of stone. Compare the erosion of stone with the erosion of the family through painful litigation of family matters. This kind of pain can be avoided, at best, or at least managed with sensitivity. In mediation, clients themselves have the power to cut through societal expectations to design a solution that is “just right” for them. This is the power of “self-determination.”
If you don’t know what is “just right” for you, your mediator will help you to brainstorm solutions that you can tweak to fit your needs. Leave behind that which does not fit for you. (Spoiler alert: there are a few topics that are mandatory, such as completion of honest, reliable financial disclosures for divorce, premarital agreements, or post-marital agreements). In general, you have more control over the outcome in mediation than you would in litigation. More control means more satisfaction with the outcome and more control over the cost – both financial and emotional. For more information, call 626-441-1900.