Myth busting: you don't have to be a lawyer to be a good mediator

A press release just crossed my desk for “Divorce Mediation: Myths & Facts,” an online radio show. Back in November, I explained how the show has managed to create some myths of its own — namely, that the best divorce mediators are lawyers.

An upcoming episode in March will cover “‘Certified’ Doesn’t Mean ‘Qualified’ – Choosing a Qualified Divorce Mediator”. I can’t wait to listen in, especially when the show mined a similar vein last November with “Choosing the Right Divorce Mediator” (in MP3 format), where you can tune in to hear aspersions heaped on the talents and expertise of mediators who are not attorneys. Look, I’m all for mediators doing everything they can to promote themselves and their work, but let’s not do it at the expense of fellow mediators, shall we?

So let’s clear some stuff up once and for all. Repeat after me:

Barack Obama is not a Muslim (and so what if he were?).

There were no weapons of mass destruction.

And you don’t have to be an attorney to be a competent divorce mediator.

One response to “Myth busting: you don't have to be a lawyer to be a good mediator

  1. I am agree with you for US. Mediation is new in Turkey. And reading this site shows me dicussions of future. If your training standarts good I believe that personal skills are the most important thing for beeing a proper mediator. If you were bigginers like us, lawyers must have been the fist mediators.