Saturday, August 30, 2014

Is this a conflict of interest?

Q: I am currently seeking mediation in relation to a family dispute. However, my ex-husband's mother used to work for the attorney that the mediator works for. My ex's mother DID work alongside the mediator, therefore, creating a bias situation.

Mediator's are supposed to be independent but, on this occasion, she has been brainwashed by my ex mother-in-law.

What can I do?

A: David's Answer:  Since mediation is voluntary anyway, if you're uncomfortable using the mediator, then just ask for another one. It's the extremely rare circumstrances were a prior agreement would lock you into a particular mediator.  - David Bliven, Bronx Child Custody attorney (

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