3 Mediator Requirements Necessary to Deescalate a Contentious Divorce

After years of working with the judicial system, one thing is clear: no one sees litigation as a pleasant experience.  Often times, litigation becomes quite contentious, and it can certainly bring out the worst in people. When dealing with family matters and divorce, the repercussions of litigation in court often results in everlasting emotional and mental trauma.

There are many circumstances in which a judge will attempt to avoid court proceedings by assigning a court-certified mediator, or a “roster” of qualified mediators, in an effort to effectively resolve conflicts and disputes of many kinds through mediation.

Legal Studies Master’s Degrees is an academic endeavor focused on the meaning, practice and institution of law, explains, “If mediation is deemed appropriate and the parties agree to or are ordered to mediate, the court will refer the parties to an approved mediator or provide a ‘roster’ of mediators who meet basic standards and requirements. In states that have such requirements, mediators must receive court approval or certification to be considered for referral.”

In other words, you can’t just show-up and call yourself a mediator. Mediator education requirements prepare mediators to turn conflict into agreements, and each state adheres to their own criteria and qualification requirements for court-certified mediators. The three mediator requirements that are necessary to deescalate a contentious divorce are training, experience and education.


Mediators that make it to state official court rosters must complete 20-40 hours of approved mediation training, and more specialized training to be a neutral party in family disputes, as opposed to civil conflicts. “Mediators in family cases also often work with parties who are unfamiliar with the law, so it’s important that family court mediators are intimately aware of the nuances related to such cases,” Legal Studies says.


Although experience requirements are different in each state, as a rule, mediators must have accumulated a minimum number of independent or mentor-supervised mediations. For example, in Florida, different types of mediation require a certain number of points that are calculated based on level of education, mediation experience and mentorship.


The majority of states do not require someone to possess a law degree to become a court-appointed mediator. A bachelor’s degree in fields such as psychology, psychiatry, social work, education, et al, is required in Pennsylvania, for example, but in Florida, “points are awarded for applicant licensed or certified in psychology, accounting, social work, mental health, health care, education or the practice of law or mediation, and for the successful completion of a mediation training program (minimum 30 hours in length).”

Successful Solution was established to provide divorce and family mediation services in a neutral forum to help spouses and families deal with conflict, improve communication, solve problems and reach mutual agreements. I currently offer online mediation, because it is safe, convenient and provides flexibility in scheduling to include evenings and weekends. Plus, couples can participate from the privacy and comfort of their own home(s) or place(s) of business.

Divorces are never easy and impact entire families.  Mediation helps to improve communication between spouses and de-escalate stress and conflict. Mediation is, also, a more affordable way to help heal families in a less volatile platform than litigation. That’s my goal as a mediator in the Tampa Bay area and throughout Florida. Contact me today for a FREE consultation to avoid family litigation and reach a Successful Solution. 727.222.3686


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