Can i bring someone to mediation with me

April 3, 2023

Bringing Someone to Mediation: Understanding the Pros and Cons

Mediation is a process that many people choose to use to resolve disputes. It is often used in family law cases, but can also be used in other areas such as employment law or commercial disputes. However, when going through mediation, some people wonder whether they can bring someone with them for support. In this article, we will discuss the pros and cons of bringing someone to mediation with you.

Advantages of Bringing Someone to Mediation

  1. Emotional Support Mediation can be an emotionally charged process, particularly if the dispute involves family members or close friends. Having someone with you who can provide emotional support can be invaluable.
  2. Help Remembering Important Points During the mediation process, you may need to remember important points or details. Having someone with you who can take notes or remind you of key facts can be very helpful.
  3. Confidence Boost Bringing someone with you to mediation can give you the confidence boost you need to express yourself clearly and concisely. This is particularly true if you are a shy or introverted person.

Disadvantages of Bringing Someone to Mediation

  1. Distracting Influence Bringing someone with you to mediation can be helpful, but it can also be a distraction. The person you bring may want to interject or speak on your behalf, which can be counterproductive.
  2. Lack of Impartiality The mediator is an impartial third party who is there to help you find a resolution to your dispute. Bringing someone with you who has a vested interest in the outcome of the mediation can compromise the impartiality of the process.
  3. Cost Implications If you bring someone with you to mediation, they will need to be paid for their time. This can increase the overall cost of the mediation process.

Conclusion

Bringing someone with you to mediation can be a helpful way to get emotional support and remember important details. However, it can also be a distraction and compromise the impartiality of the process. At Aspire Family Mediation, we understand the importance of making the right decision when it comes to bringing someone with you to mediation. We can help you navigate this decision and ensure that you have the support you need throughout the process.

Aspire Family Mediation offers a range of family mediation services, including divorce mediation, child custody mediation, and more. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help you resolve your family law dispute through mediation.