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The Different Ways and Types of Divorce Mediation - 1 - The Different Ways and Types of Divorce Mediation Samantha Schwartz University of Maryland As a child that comes from a family where twenty-five years later my parents are
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The Different Ways and Types of Divorce Mediation - 2 - still together, it’s hard to find an article about family mediation that I could relate to my own life. So instead I found one that has to do with family mediators themselves, because that does relate to my life. I am studying to become some sort of mediator, whether it’s a family mediator or any other type of mediator; the most important thing a mediator does is to make sure that the end result is a good agreement. Before reading the article I always thought that there just one type of mediator and that they mostly just sat in the room while people were fighting and tried to be a neutral voice. It wasn’t until after learning about it in class and reading this article that I was truly informed that there isn’t just one type of mediation, there are many. The article, “The Role of the Mediator in Family Mediation” by Orna Cohen and Naomi Dattner, looks at the different kinds of divorce mediation and the qualifications that a divorce mediator should contain for there to be a positive outcome. The mediator not only takes into account the parents’ wants and needs, but the children’s as well. One of the main things that the article talks about is the knowledge and “education” that a divorce mediator should entail. The article brings you through the divorce process and the different steps that a mediator would take. I found that there is not one type of divorce mediator or one way that a mediator can go about handling the situation, there are many. One of the first steps in the divorce process, if there are children involved, is to figure out what will happen to the children. “Decisions affecting children during the divorce process are made primarily in two ways: by mutual consent or by court order” (Cohen, 1995, p.125). When the court gets involved in the decision of the children’s best interests, a social worker is usually appointed. The social worker is appointed so that they can make recommendations to the court in situations where the parents do not agree about the decision made regarding their children (i.e. custody and visitations rights). It is
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The Different Ways and Types of Divorce Mediation - 3 - the social workers job to take into consideration the children’s best interests and what they want from the situation. The social worker can recommend which parent they believe should be given custody rights and what the visitation rights should be for the other parent, but when it comes down to making the final decision, it’s left up to the
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