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Are You a Good Candidate for Mediation?

Questions to consider

  • Are you and your spouse in agreement that you want to take steps to conclude your marriage? 

  • Do you have confidence that you and your spouse will make a full disclosure of finances in mediation? 

  • Despite differences, do you believe you and your spouse can engage in a civil negotiation in which there is a willingness to act respectfully toward one another? 

  • Do you feel safe and comfortable negotiating with your spouse? 

  • Are you and your spouse free of significant mental health concerns and/or severe alcohol or drug addictions, such that you both have the capacity to participate in a meaningful negotiation?  


  • If you answered “yes” or “probably, yes” to all of these questions, then you are an excellent candidate for mediation. 

  • If you answered “yes” or “probably, yes” to most of these questions, then you may be a good candidate for mediation, depending on the particulars of your situation. 

  • If you answered “no” or “probably not” to most of these questions, then mediation is probably not right for you. 

Key takeaway

While mediation isn’t for everyone, it is right for couples who want to make a good faith attempt to conclude their marriage in as peaceful a manner as possible. It is certainly worth having a consultation, if you’re on the fence, to discuss your particulars.