by Michael P. O’Reilly.
The biggest difference between family law cases and other types of mediations is the parties’ need to vent and tell their story. Moreover, parties usually do not know what to expect, do not understand the law, and do not appreciate what is, and is not, at stake in a family law mediation. Successful family law mediators educate the parties in all of these areas. Michael O’Reilly shares strategies that mediators can use in this educational process so that the mediation feels successful for all parties involved.