February 09, 2021 Feature

The Risks and Rewards of Mediating a Pro Se Divorce

Tamlyn Sbar
Helping a pro se couple makes it worth dealing with the pitfalls of the do-it-yourself divorce.

Helping a pro se couple makes it worth dealing with the pitfalls of the do-it-yourself divorce.

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For the past 15 years, I have limited my practice exclusively to marital and family mediation. In the majority of mediations I handle, the parties are represented by attorneys and often have hired supporting experts, such as mental health professionals and forensic accountants. When mediating a case where the parties have counsel, I always work in two separate conference rooms, even making my opening statement two times. I rarely put the parties in the same room. Surprisingly, I find it easier to mediate a case with both parties and multiple professionals than to mediate a pro se case.

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