For family and divorce mediation to be done as effectively as possible, I believe an integrated team approach must be utilized. I use the term “Integrated Team Mediation” to describe this approach. So what do I mean by this?
First let me explain some basics: At the core of the team is the couple who has come to me to facilitate their discussions, and of course myself, their mediator/attorney. Sometimes a couple’s circumstances are quite straightforward, and they already have all the information they need to make their decisions. For instance, I’ve had couples who don’t have children, have a short-term marriage and have few resources to divvy up. In those instances, typically there is no need to bring in outside professionals.
More likely, though, the couple’s circumstances are not so simple. They may need the help of other professionals to work out serious issues with children, finances, businesses and more. Read the rest of Susan’s article to learn how other experts may be called upon for their expertise in the Integrated Team Mediation approach.