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Marta J. Papa on litigation vs. mediationFaculty Member: Marta J. Papa, Divorce Attorney and Mediator

Facilitator: Diana Shepherd, CDFA®, Editorial Director and Co-Founder of Divorce Magazine

Divorce-related disputes can be settled through litigation or some form of alternative dispute resolution – such as mediation. Here’s some advice on choosing the right mediator, an explanation of how mediators work with high-conflict couples as well as those with very complex issues, and what you can do to prepare for divorce mediation. More


Marta J. Papa, a.k.a. the Divorce Whisperer®, is an experienced divorce lawyer and mediator who is considered a national authority on mediation. With more than 25 years of experience in mediation, litigation, and settlement negotiations, she has worked on about 8,000 litigated divorces and 4,000 mediated divorces. 


What you will learn from this podcast session on “Litigation vs. Mediation: Which Should You Choose? Part 2”

This session will discuss:

  • what qualifications couples should look for when choosing a mediator.mediation
  • whether it is possible to mediate some issues and litigate others – and whether there would be any advantages to doing so.
  • how a mediator could work with a high-conflict couple – even if they can’t even stand to be in the same room with one another.
  • using a mediator to resolve complex divorce  issues.
  • whether mediators who are also lawyers can provide legal advice. 
  • if it’s possible for a mediator to be completely neutral, or if he or she will take sides.
  • how you can prepare for mediation, and how to prepare for  litigation.

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