Bluewater Mediation Blog

What Does “Accredited Family Mediator” Mean?

You may be wondering what "Accredited Family Mediator" means and why accreditation matters to you. When you hire an accredited mediator, you have assurance that your mediator has been trained in mediation theory and practice. They also have completed a lengthy and supervised internship with a senior and experienced mediator. You know that he or she is bound by Standards of Practice and ethical requirements. And, you can expect that your mediator continues to upgrade his or her skills and … [Read More...]

Can We Mediate Without Being in the Same Room?

Yes. Mediation is a highly adaptable process. Sometimes people are in the same room through the process; sometimes people are not in the same room at all. More often it is a combination of these two possibilities.   If there is a high level of conflict, or other reasons why you do not wish to be in the same room as your former spouse, the process can be what is called a “shuttle mediation”. In shuttle mediation, each of you is in a different room throughout the mediation, and the mediator … [Read More...]

Can the Mediator Interview our Children to Find out What They Want? Can the Children Attend Mediation?

At Bluewater, usually children are not brought into the mediation process, at least not directly, whether through an interview or having them attend the mediation itself. This is to make sure they are not caught in the middle of their parents and are shielded from conflict between their parents. More than anything at separation, kids need to be shielded from parental conflict.   Where children are older and there is a shared commitment to hearing their views, the mediator will talk with … [Read More...]