- Expertise. Some mediators are former lawyers. Some are therapists. You want to pick a mediator whose background matches your needs. If the law and finances are fairly simple, you might want to look for a mediator with a therapeutic background. If there are a fair number of legal issues and substantial property, but you are both calm and cooperating well, then a mediator with a legal background might be best.
- Knowledge. Does he or she understand the financial matters that concern you? Can he or she present them in a way that helps you understand them?
- People skills. Will he or she be able to bring the two of you together enough to conclude the business of the mediation?
- Impartiality. In order to be effective, the mediator must not lean either to one party or to the other. You must both trust that the mediator will be impartial, and will have both your interests at heart.
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