Directed Mediation with Carole Orland

We’ve done this topic with a few attorneys and this is a different approach to the same process. This is directed or focused mediation. Because Carole and Eric are litigators by background, they have a different perspective on what typical outcomes are. This accelerates the process and tells you what’s not worth fighting about.

One example is custody plans. Parents will fight over 50/50 time but the reality is that you don’t have that much time to give. So, in directed mediation, they tell you what’s realistic right up front and point you down the road.

All parties should be invested in getting to the infield, including the mediator. Directed mediation is about moving things along, not racking up hourly billings.

Review counsel is recommended but really, they should only be looking for the “Oh my gods”. You don’t want them redrafting the agreement but you do want them flagging anything major that could be a problem in the future. Ideally, both review counsel communicates and negotiate with each other well, so they too want to get it done.

How to sum up directed mediation? Get ‘er done!

About the Author Barb & Jo

Through the process of our own divorces, Barb Hazelton and Jo Briggs learned more than they ever needed or wanted to know. Through their friendship, shared experiences, and connections through navigating their own divorces, they created this video series. They've been where you are and they hope Single Process can make it easier for you by connecting you to their resources.