Without the Courts
Family Mediation Services
WHAT IS MEDIATION
Mediation is a process in which the parties have the opportunity in a neutral, structured, private, confidential environment to work towards settlement of the issues in dispute. It is a litigation adverse process.
There is a known versus an unknown outcome as the parties settle on terms both/all can accept. Attorneys are welcome and encouraged to participate as desired/needed by the parties.
Why You Should Mediate
In the courtroom parties have no control over the outcome. If one party is unhappy with a decision, s/he can appeal. The courtroom process is expensive, lengthy and time consuming. Legal principles are dominant and may prevent full, open discussion of interests and concerns. In mediation parties have full opportunity to express interests and explore creative options. Agreement made are enforceable in court if needed. Privacy is protected; courtrooms are open to the public.
Mediation is available in the following areas:
Divorce/dissolution; companionship time; property division; child support; parenting time for non married persons; post decree
Pre-estate planning decision-making among the family; placement/housing issues; caregiving issues; powers of attorney-health care and/or durable; living wills; burial and funeral planning; five wishes; guardianships/conservatorships; estate disputes
Referrals and Cooperation with Other Professionals
No legal services are provided. The mediator works to support the family’s decision-making process to plan and avoid future litigation. Outside professionals may be consulted/retained by the parties as needed and desired.