When you meet with your divorce mediator, she should overview the mediation process and share the rules that you must abide by during your mediation sessions. Some mediators will utilize caucuses as a tool during your sessions—private meetings held between the mediator and one party during the mediation process. There are both pros and cons to taking advantage of caucusing, and whether or not you decide to make caucusing part of your sessions depends on your unique situation, as well as your own thoughts and feelings on the subject.
Some believe that caucusing gives both parties a special opportunity to speak openly and confidentially with the mediator—an opportunity that can speed up the mediation process, lead to a fairer settlement, and ensure that everyone’s needs are met. Caucusing can also prevent emotions from running too high or keep potential solutions from being considered.
On the other hand, some believe that caucusing goes against what is at the heart of the mediation process: open and honest communication. Breaking up joint mediation sessions with private sessions could possibly cause bias or the perception of bias—and promote secret sharing. In some cases, caucusing could make the mediation process take longer or make coming to an agreement more difficult.
Before embarking on your divorce mediation process, make sure you and your ex both understand whether caucusing will be used and what the rules surrounding caucuses are, according to your mediator.
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