So you’ve identified a mediator you’d like to meet. What questions do you ask? What credentials are you looking for?
It’s really important to ask what percentage of his or her practice is mediation. Mediation is a really specific skill, and it takes practice to get really good at it, just like everything else. If mediation is only a small percentage of that person’s practice, he or she might not be seasoned enough to be effective.
Ask “what’s your style of mediation?” some mediators talk about legal information, and others don’t. Some mediators will make suggestions, and others won’t. So ask.
Make sure the mediator has experience in what’s important to you. If you have a small business, has the mediator worked with small business owners before? If you have a complicated child custody situation, what kind of experience does the mediator have with parenting plans?