What is Mediation?

Mediation is a method of conflict resolution that can help improve communication and allows you to arrive at a resolution contingent on your values given your unique circumstances. It is a confidential and less expensive option than the traditional route of trial and or hearings. Mediation is also a useful tool for a cooperative negotiation of prenuptial agreements, adoption agreements, and relationship agreements.

Why Mediation?

Mediation is confidential, effective, and empowering. Mediation is also faster than traditional litigation in almost all circumstances. Mediation can help parties reach longer-term resolutions than traditional litigation, with more satisfaction for each party.

Considering Mediation?

In mediation, a mediator works as a neutral to help you constructively discuss and resolve the issues related to your divorce. The mediator doesn’t make decisions for you, and does not represent either party, but serves as a facilitator to help the parties determine the best outcome. Mediation can help to resolve conflicts around issues such as:

  • Spousal Support

  • Child Support

  • Property Division

  • Custody/Visitation

  • Improve Communication

  • Prenuptial Agreements

  • Adoption Agreements

  • Relationship Agreements

  • Workplace disputes

  • Family disputes

Schedule a consultation to learn more about mediation.

 

Parenting Coordination

 
 

What is Parenting Coordination?

A Parent Coordinator is a lawyer or mental health professional with training and experience in family mediation and working with high-conflict family relationships. A Parent Coordinator is appointed by the court to assist the parents in resolving conflict and implementing and enforcing the parenting plan.

Why Parent Coordination?

Children exposed to ongoing conflict between their parents are at risk for developing social, academic, and mental health problems, and can be affected long-term in their own intimate and interpersonal relationships. Parent coordination helps to reduce conflict and it’s impact on children in high-conflict families by resolving disputes without court involvement, and managing ongoing conflict for the family. A parent coordinator can help parents refocus their energy on the best interests of their children, rather than their anger at one another.

Parent coordinators have access to other professionals working with the family, such as therapists, counselors, teachers, medical professionals, and attorneys, as well as other family members, and use this information to aid them in resolving disputes for the parties.

Collaborative Law

Collaborative family law is most often used in divorce but is helpful in many family law areas including adoptions, cohabitation agreements, custody issues, and prenuptial agreements.

Collaborative attorneys and clients commit to working together to resolve conflict in a meaningful way, and without traditional litigation. In a collaborative divorce, the parties and attorneys work with other professionals as necessary including collaboratively trained financial professionals, child specialists, and sometimes mediators. In other collaborative areas, such as a prenuptial agreement, the parties and attorneys work together to craft an agreement in a less adversarial, interest based approach that takes both parties’ goals and concerns into account.


 

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