Choose a mediator as you would choose a heart surgeon! Carefully check out the mediator's background and experience. Because divorce mediation is a relatively new field, it is not yet highly regulated nor is their much assurance that a particular mediator is sufficiently experienced to meet your needs. Get references from reliable professionals. Ask the prospective mediator how many cases he/she has mediated to a conclusion.
On Staten Island, divorce mediators include a disbarred attorney, social workers with absolutely no legal training and persons who are just beginning their careers in Divorce Mediation. Some of these folks have only conducted 5 mediations in their entire career and do Divorce Mediation as a part-time sideline! Do not let them learn at your expense. There is some opinion within the field that a mediator does not become masterful until completion of at least 100 cases. Choose carefully - don't be afraid to ask the prospective mediator how many divorce mediations he/she has conducted to completion.
Mr. Leininger has been mediating divorces here on Staten Island since 1994, and has practiced Family Law for 30 years. He has lectured about Divorce Mediation for 14 years. Mr. Leininger has appeared on national radio and TV shows, including the Phil Donohue Show, Sallie Jessie Raphael Show, CBS Morning Show, the NBC Today Show, etc. He has mediated well over 500 divorce cases to a completion, and we believe that he is the most experienced attorney divorce mediator on Staten Island.