How Much Do You Really Know about Mediation?

It is common knowledge that mediation can result in a better possible outcome for both parties during a divorce. During mediation, compromises are made that allow assets to be divided as fairly as possible and with consideration for sentimental attachment and feelings. However, divorce requires the separation and dissolution of a relationship, and some loss must occur.

Mediation explained mathematically

Mediation, like marriage and divorce, is a social interaction. All social interactions are subject to rules, and the rules of mediation have been described mathematically at very high levels. John Nash, the famous mathematician portrayed by Russell Crowe in the movie A Beautiful Mind, devoted his life to the study of profit and loss through social interaction. Nash became famous for modifying the basics of economics, and his work has implications in every social situation.

Nash discovered a principle, fittingly called the Nash Equilibrium, which describes a situation in which two opposing sides have committed to a course of action and neither side can independently change its strategy without loss. As long as both parties pursue only their own interests independently, they will always reach a Nash Equilibrium.

The famous mathematician even used a nasty divorce as an example in his paper stating “It would usually pay both parties to compromise, but so long as one refuses to compromise, it is not worth the other party’s while to give way. They become trapped in a Nash equilibrium so that both lose out through the money… and emotional stress… But there is an escape clause; if the parties can communicate and negotiate, they may be able to break out of the dreadful trap.”

If you think that your divorce is beyond mediation, there is still hope. Having an aggressive and experienced Maryland family law attorney on your side can change the outcome of your divorce, and by extension change the rest of your life. Experienced legal help is essential, especially in complex divorces involving multiple properties and financial entanglements. In the end, mediation may not be possible, and that is when you want Peters &Clark, P.A. on your side. Contact us today to schedule a meeting to discuss your case.