Having two mediators present during the mediation process is not a new mediation model as this has for many years been considered to be an extremely effective way to approach the mediation process. It allows mediators with different backgrounds, varied skills and often different genders to work together in a complementary way. From our experience at Godalming Family Mediation this model is often the most effective way for issues to be resolved during the mediation process. However, there are a number of reasons why the use of co-mediation is not used as often as it should be, including the fact that it inevitably means that the hourly rate will be higher for the clients as well as meaning that the mediators themselves are likely to receive far less money each (unless the hourly rate was doubled). It can also seem threatening for many mediators to have another professional present during the mediation on top of the additional complexities of having to organise a fourth diary when looking for suitable times and dates for mediation sessions.
At Godalming Family Mediation we are committed to providing affordable co-mediation and we will suggest that this mediation model be considered if we feel that there are advantages for the clients. We find that in complex and/or high conflict and/or high value cases there is invariably a substantial benefit in having a second mediator either throughout the entire mediation process or for specific sessions. The costs for co-mediation will vary depending upon the choice of mediators and the location but as a guide we aim to offer the co-mediation model at a cost of between £150 and £200 per person per hour. We believe that in most cases when co-mediation is used the additional cost to the clients will be more than worth it when it is considered that this allows the mediators to work much more efficiently during the sessions (e.g. by one person writing on the flip chart whilst the other one looks at paperwork or engages directly with the clients) whilst having the very substantial benefit of there being two highly trained professionals working together in trying to find solutions to the issues being discussed during mediation.
Please contact us if you would like to discuss the possibility of using the co-mediation model.