WHAT IS MEDIATION?
Mediation is a voluntary alternative to a court hearing where a neutral facilitator helps people with serious disputes develop their own solutions to reach a mutual agreement. I help individuals in conflict engage in a respectful process that allows for reconciliation while preserving and occasionally transforming a relationship.
WHAT TYPES OF DISPUTES CAN BE MEDIATED?
Most personal and business disputes can be mediated, although both parties must be willing to negotiate in “good faith” which requires both parties agree to share information, listen to each other carefully, and exercise flexibility on their initial positions. Examples of disputes that can be mediated:
• Dissolution of marriage, property settlements, child custody, and parenting plans
• Family disputes: Teen issues
• Neighborhood disputes: animals, property boundaries, noise, trees
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF MEDIATION?
• Offers low risk with high rewards and deliberations are confidential and legally binding once agreed upon by both parties.
• Preserves relationships, helps parties work towards mutually beneficial solutions, and can even improve communication.
• Can be cost-effective, is much less expensive than other legal proceedings, and resolution is accomplished much more expeditiously than going to court.
• Very convenient and appointments can be scheduled during the day, evenings, or on weekends.
WHAT IS THE COST OF MEDIATION SERVICES?
Most disputes can be resolved in under 4 hours for which the rate is $375 per party for up to four hours. Each additional hour is $175 per hour beyond the first 4 hours.