I have been doing this for over 20 years, and I feel like I’m a pretty good judge of how easy or difficult a case may be. Sometimes, the cases that I think will be the easiest turn out to be very difficult. Oppositely, the ones I think are very high conflict resolve very simply. You never know. But the mediator really needs to take control of the situation and set some ground rules at the beginning, which is what I would do, about being respectful to each other and having a dignified process in the mediation and not letting people get into unproductive arguing back and forth.
Laura Schantz, a Beaverton divorce and family lawyer and mediator has helped clients find creative solutions to complex financial matters involving asset division, spousal support, and child support. To learn more about Laura Schantz and her firm, visit www.oregondivorceattorney.com.