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  • Writer's pictureMichael D. Erickson LPC

What is Divorce Mediation?

Updated: Mar 24, 2023

Divorce mediation is a process that involves working with a neutral third-party professional to help couples reach an agreement on the terms of their divorce. As a mental health counselor, my perspective on divorce mediation is grounded in an understanding of the emotional and psychological dynamics of divorce and how these can affect the mediation process.

One of the key benefits of divorce mediation is that it can be a less adversarial and more collaborative process than going to court. This can be especially important for couples who have children, as it allows them to work together to create a parenting plan that takes into account the needs of their children. As a mental health counselor, I see divorce mediation as an opportunity for couples to focus on the future and on building a new relationship that is grounded in mutual respect and a commitment to co-parenting. At the same time, it is important to acknowledge that divorce is a highly emotional and often traumatic experience, and that the emotional landscape of divorce can make it difficult for couples to negotiate effectively. As a mental health counselor, I see my role in divorce mediation as one of support and guidance, helping couples to navigate the emotional challenges of divorce while staying focused on their goals for the mediation process.

One of the key skills that I bring to divorce mediation as a mental health counselor is my ability to listen and to help couples to communicate effectively. Effective communication is essential in divorce mediation, as it allows couples to express their needs and concerns in a way that is respectful and constructive. I work with couples to help them to identify their underlying emotions and to express these in a way that is clear and constructive.

Another important aspect of divorce mediation from a mental health perspective is the need to create a safe and supportive environment for the mediation process. This means creating a space where both partners feel heard and respected, and where they feel comfortable expressing their thoughts and feelings. As a mental health counselor, I am trained to create a supportive environment that encourages open communication and that fosters a sense of trust between the parties involved.

It is also important to recognize that divorce mediation is not always the right choice for every couple. In cases where there is a history of domestic violence or where one partner feels intimidated or unsafe, mediation may not be appropriate. As a mental health counselor, I am trained to recognize the signs of domestic violence and to work with couples to ensure that they are safe and supported throughout the mediation process.

Overall, my perspective on divorce mediation as a mental health counselor is one of support and guidance, helping couples to navigate the emotional challenges of divorce while staying focused on their goals for the mediation process. By creating a safe and supportive environment, helping couples to communicate effectively, and staying focused on the needs of the children involved, divorce mediation can be a powerful tool for building a positive and constructive future after divorce.


Here are some of the advantages of divorce mediation from my perspective:

  1. It can reduce stress and conflict: Divorce can be an incredibly stressful and emotionally charged process. Mediation can help to reduce the level of conflict and tension by creating a safe and neutral space for communication. This can help both parties to feel more comfortable sharing their thoughts and concerns, which can lead to better understanding and cooperation.

  2. It can improve communication: One of the primary benefits of divorce mediation is that it can help couples to communicate more effectively. Mediation encourages open and honest communication, which can help to build trust and create a foundation for future interactions. This can be particularly beneficial for couples who have children, as it can help to establish a more positive co-parenting relationship.

  3. It can save time and money: Divorce mediation is often a faster and more cost-effective process than going to court. This is because the parties can work together to find solutions that are tailored to their specific needs and circumstances, rather than relying on a judge to make decisions for them.

  4. It can be more satisfying: Divorce mediation can help to create more satisfying outcomes for both parties. Because the couple is working together to find solutions, they are more likely to be invested in the final agreements that are reached. This can help to create a sense of ownership and empowerment, which can be important for both parties as they move forward.

  5. It can provide a more positive emotional outcome: Divorce mediation can help to create a more positive emotional outcome for both parties. Because the process is focused on communication and cooperation, rather than on conflict and blame, couples are more likely to feel satisfied with the process and the outcome. This can help to reduce feelings of anger, resentment, and bitterness, and can help both parties to move on in a more positive and constructive way.

In conclusion, as a mental health counselor, my perspective on divorce mediation is one that emphasizes the importance of effective communication, emotional support, and a focus on the future. By working with couples to navigate the emotional challenges of divorce and helping them to create a safe and supportive environment for the mediation process, we can help couples to achieve a more positive and constructive outcome for their divorce. Whether the goal is to create a parenting plan that prioritizes the needs of the children or to reach a fair and equitable division of assets, divorce mediation can be an effective tool for building a new future after divorce.


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