Family Mediation (Domestic Relations)
My knowledge and experience with family systems coupled with the judicial system (Juvenile Court/Family & Divorce Law) becomes your tool to positive mediation outcomes.
ADULT CHILDREN: issues about care of elderly parents and managing costs, estate planning and inheritance, especially where adult children disagree with each other or their parent.
DIVORCE AND SEPARATION: issues related to divorce and separation (property division, debts, spousal support, parenting responsibilities: parenting time/visitation, decision-making/custody, child support and finances). Separation mediation may include issues about timing and the decision whether to reconcile or divorce.
OPEN ADOPTION: (private or state-sponsored) issues related to sharing information and contact between a birth parent or relative and the child and his or her adoptive family.
PARENTING PLAN: : issues relating to children and parent responsibilities (parenting time, decision-making responsibility, child support and finances).
PARENT-TEEN: issues between parents and older children, can include house rules, school, behavior, etc.
POST-DIVORCE: issues about changes in children’s and parent’s lives relating to parenting time, decision-making, child finances, school, residence, etc.
RECONCILIATION: issues about repairing the relationship with or without separation involved.
STEPFAMILY: closely related to Post-Divorce mediation, dealing more specifically with issues about new family members, house rules, relationships.
GRANDPARENT’S RIGHTS: issues surrounding grandparent’s visitation, rights, or grandparent’s as guardians.
CO-PARENTING: before, during, or after legal procedures when parenting responsibilities seem difficult to meet the needs of children and focus on their best interest.
UNMARRIED PARENTS: issues similar to Divorce and Separation, with due consideration of the differences in legal status.
What Is Mediation?
Mediation is a powerful, yet cost-effective method for people to reach resolution without destroying relationships and without the intervention of the court. In mediation, the parties are active participants involved in the decisions required to resolve the conflict. The mediator is a neutral facilitator, enabling clients to make their own informed decisions. Mediation keeps the decision-making power with the participants in a confidential and voluntary process.
Mediation is not a substitute for legal services, although it usually significantly reduces the legal costs of a conflict. While the formal mediated agreement may be the tool for ending any legal action, participants are encouraged to consult with their individual attorneys about any legal implications of their discussion. Mediation is not a substitute for therapy, although the parties are often aided by their involvement in therapy or counseling prior to, during, and after mediation. Mediation looks at the past in the context of forming solutions for the future rather than unraveling reasons for past behavior. Mediation is not a process in which problems are turned over to a decision-making authority; rather it keeps the decision-making power with the parties.
Fees: $150/hr. (Please refer to consent for details)
In all mediation cases, participants will be billed for time involving all phone calls, correspondence, and document preparation at my regular hourly rate.