As a family and divorce mediator, I have an ethical obligation to mediate impartially. Therefore my actions, and how my clients perceive them, must not give any special favoritism to either spouse. Mediators constantly struggle with neutrality, as there can be external (meaning the behavior or beliefs of a client) or internal (my own beliefs) factors that will challenge us in our efforts to be neutral.
Many of my divorce mediations begin with the emotional unrest of my clients and their uncertainty regarding the future. As a mediator, I strive to support the couples I work with who are experiencing the stress of transition without compromising my neutrality. In fact, this support of the clients is an essential component of my mediation process.
Read the rest of David’s article to learn how mediators facilitate successful outcomes for couples by being neutral and supportive.