Mediation is private, confidential, and voluntary.
Nancy offers innovative, personalized approaches that are much healthier, family-friendly, and affordable than litigation.
Mediation has many benefits.
- Find the experts they need to help them through the process
- Negotiate durable agreements
- Avoid expensive court battles
- Communicate effectively
- Maintain privacy
- Discreetly manage addictions and mental health issues
Mediation is prompt, less expensive, and simpler than going to court.
Mediation allows parties to focus on what really matters to them, instead of only being allowed to consider unpredictable and narrow legal issues. Mediation does not focus on fault or blame. It is future-focused, and its aim is to solve a problem, not decide who is right or wrong. Mediated agreements are long lasting and more sensible than court options.
Mediation is an attractive dispute resolution option.
- Voluntary. Anyone can leave mediation at any time for any reason, or no reason at all. Your mediator assures that agreements are reached voluntarily and not as a result of coercion or intimidation.
- Confidential. Mediation allows you to speak freely and explore creative options for settlement without worry that your thoughts and ideas will end up being used against you in court. There are a few, important exceptions to this that your mediator will discuss with you before you start mediation.
- Impartial. Your mediator does not take sides. She has a balanced and equal responsibility to assist each party and does not favor a party or a result. There is never an exception for this rule.
- Private. Mediation is a private process. Sensitive information is kept out of public court records. Your agreements can, for the most part, remain confidential.
- Informed. In mediation, all relevant information is made available to all parties. This includes legal information and advice, and your mediator will likely advise you to seek independent legal advice before finalizing any agreement.
Many family law issues can be successfully mediated.
Mediation is very common in separation and divorce cases. But any family law issue can be resolved through mediation, such as:
- Relationship agreements, such as Cohabitation Agreements, Pre-marital Agreements, Post-marital Agreements, and Separation Agreements and Contracts
- Parenting agreements, such as child custody, parenting plans and child support plans for parents, grandparents or others caring for a child
- Financial agreements, such as alimony/spousal support agreements, a family-owned business, retirement, pensions, and other property agreements
- Ending of relationships, through separation or divorce, including parentage/paternity, same-sex, and LGBTQ families
- Pending court matters, whether the case is at the temporary orders stage or has already been set for trial
- Post-Relationship matters, post-decree matters such a modification of alimony/spousal support, child support, or parenting plan
Many other types of disputes can be successfully mediated.
Mediation is very successful in a wide range of disputes, such as:
- Property Disputes, such as Boundary Disputes, Homeowners Association Disputes, Neighbor-to-Neighbor Disputes
- Business Disputes, such as partnership disagreements or dissolutions, contract negotiations, vendor disputes, and more
- Adult Family Disputes, such a Elder Care Issues, Guardianship/Conservatorship, Probate, Trusts, TEDRA
- Community Disputes, such as non-profits, public affairs, and public policy issues. Facilitation is also an option for these types of disputes.
The best way to find out if this approach is best for you is to schedule a Consultation with Nancy. Mediation is not the right approach for every client, and Nancy will help you evaluate all your process options to help you find the right fit for your unique situation. Call 360-816-2246 or schedule online.