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The Differences Between Facilitative and Evaluative Mediation

It is not uncommon for couples to go through the mediation process when they decide to file for a divorce. However, most people may not know that there are different types of mediation. A mediator may choose to utilize a specific approach based on their experience and knowledge of your situation. Learn more about the different types of mediation through the rest of our blog!

What is Facilitative Mediation?

The more common approach to mediation is the facilitative route. This means that the mediator will take on a problem-solving approach to your divorce case. Negotiating with you and your spouse is their top priority, as it will help you reach a more fair resolution. They will work with you to identify the most prevalent issues and the points where you and your spouse are able to agree. While they cannot make formal assessments about the legal components of your case, they will give you a proposal that resolves your present problems.

What is Evaluative Mediation?

Evaluative mediation is a slightly different process. These individuals may have more knowledge and expertise with the relevant subject matter. In these situations, the mediator is able to implement their own experiences and make an evaluation based on that information. Due to this, the mediator will be able to provide the couple with more insight into the potential outcomes of the situation. In these situations, the mediator will propose an agreement that relies on their own knowledge areas and the couple’s needs.

An Attorney That Understands

At Bobby Dale Barina, Attorney At Law we understand that there are different approaches to mediation. We can help any individual that intends to go through the process find the best approach for them. It is important that you meet all of your goals through negotiation techniques that work best for you.


If you need help with your case, give our office a call at (254) 523-4446 to schedule a consultation!

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