The Ideal Mediation Client/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

Posted on January 5, 2014


I came across the title for this blog recently in surfing the web. What would constitute the ideal client for a mediation? My answer would be this: The ideal client is both optimistic and resourceful. They are optimistic in their belief that the divorce can end amicably. They know that mediation will likely lead to an agreement on all outstanding issues. They are also resourceful in that they know that each issue has several possible options that will lead to a resolution. There is no one way, for example, to find a solution for the division of property. The ideal client will explore many possibilities and will try to weigh the pro’s and con’s of each possible resolution.

Napoleon once stated that opportunity knocks more than once but sometimes it comes disguised as adversity. The mediation process offers the clients an opportunity and a challenge. Adults often find solutions for for the challenges that face them. This is part of the life experience. The challenge that underlies the divorce mediation process is to find the inner strength to identify such solutions even as a marriage is in its final throes of viability. There is a challenge and adversity, but there is the opportunity as well. If a client keeps this in mind, they will be in the best possible position to take the divorce scenario as a time to get ready for the next chapter in their life. That person would indeed qualify as my ideal mediation client.