Mediation is a process whereby people come together with a neutral third person – the mediator – to identify and clarify their issues, discuss their needs and potential options for addressing those needs, and attempt to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. It is a low-cost alternative to filing and litigating a court case. Mediation is voluntary and confidential. What is said in mediation stays in mediation. The mediator does not make any decisions for the participants. Instead, the mediator ensures that the process is fair and that all participants have an opportunity to express their concerns and offer options. The mediator does not offer any legal advice to the participants, however, the mediator may provide legal information. The mediator assists the participants in exploring various possible solutions to their issues. Creativity is encouraged. Many times participants arrive at creative solutions that are far beyond the ability and authority of the court to order. Participants decide whether to reach an agreement and, if so, they formulate the specific terms of their agreement. Their agreed upon terms serve to define their rights and obligations with respect to one another. Participants do not give up their legal rights in the event that they do not reach an agreement. If no agreement is reached, they are free to pursue their respective cases in court.
We recognize the importance and benefits of mediation, as opposed to litigation, in resolving civil disputes. We have special training and experience mediating civil matters, including family law matters such as divorce, custody, child support, alimony, property division, and many other issues specific to the individual participants. We are frequently court-appointed to mediate family law cases that have been filed in court. We are strong advocates of the mediation process and we have been successful in assisting countless clients in resolving difficult disputes out of court.