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Divorce

Mediation is the positive way of resolving divorce conflicts. Both parties will speak with the mediator before the first mediation session and both will asked to come to the table in good faith and with a positive attitude for change and the future.  If children are involved the mediator will focus on the best interest of the child. Even if attorneys are already involved, mediation can bring both parties together to quickly and effectively solve the problem.

 

Mediation is a positive non-confrontational process where by the parties in a divorce can come to a mutually beneficial solution while maintaining civility and avoiding a tiring court battle.  Our mediators work with other service providers to provide disputing couples with what they need to make the mediation succeed.  >>read more

 

Mediation can solve divorce issues regarding:

  • Whether Divorce is the best option for the parties.
  • Living situations and Visitation for the children.
  • How to properly manage shared care and custody of the children.
  • Working with each other to solve parenting issues.
  • Division of assets (marital home, other homes, cars, personal property, etc.).
  • Proper Financial support and care (medical, psychological, etc.) for family members.


Elder Law and Estate Issues

Significant issues with a parent and grandparent's Will, or lack there of, will often arise only after the death of our loved ones.  Money can easily tear a family apart and  tends to leave the estate with little money and large legal bills on both sides of the isle.  Mediation can bring the parties together, with or without attorneys, to focus on salvaging the family unit and resolving the underlying issues. 
 
Parents and their adult children often fall into conflicts as potentially failing memories and  control issues arise. Most of these conflicts are initially created by one party attempting to make positive, but sometimes overreaching decisions for the other party.  Mediation can bring parents and their adult children together again to solve issues such as Wills, Living Wills, Healthcare Issues, Housing Issues, Short-Term Care Issues, Long-Term Care Issues, and More.  Again, the mediator will help the parties focus on the family unit and the strong bond that underlies such a relationship.


Contract Conflicts and Other Civil Disputes

Mediation is perfect to solve problems and resolve disputes in construction issues, contract disputes, small and large monetary claims, and equity claims. Any case that is already in the courts and scheduled for court assisted arbitration, is ripe to be mediated.  Even larger cases that are not eligible for court assisted arbitration are also great candidates for a quick and effective resolution at mediation.

 

Even complex and emotional issues are better served in mediation as both sides can come to an amicable resolution that can often solve underlying issues and allow both parties have closure.  In many cases a lengthy litigation only causes more tension and angst between the parties and can lead to further litigation or appeals.  Mediation often solves the entire issue one or two combined sessions; with almost no risk of appeals or further litigation.

 

Family:

  • Prenuptial/Premarital agreements
  • Financial or budget disagreements
  • Separation
  • Divorce
  • Financial distribution & spousal support (alimony)
  • Parenting plans (child custody and visitation)
  • Eldercare issues
  • Family businesses
  • Adult sibling conflicts
  • Disputes between parents and adult children
  • Estate disputes
  • Medical ethics / end-of-life issues

 

Workplace:

  • Wrongful termination
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Grievances
  • Labor management


Public disputes:

  • Environmental
  • Land-use

 

Disputes Involving Contractual or Other Civil  Issues:

  • Landlord/tenant
  • Homeowners' associations
  • Builders/contractors
  • Realtors/homeowners
  • Contracts of any kind
  • Medical malpractice
  • Personal injury
  • Partnerships
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Faith communities

 

Other:

  • Youth (school, home and social conflicts)
  • Violence-prevention
  • Victim-Offender mediation
 
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