People who separate rarely communicate well about parenting or financial issues. My role is to help identify the issues and guide the parties through different options in a respectful, creative and cost-effective manner.
Mediation is the first tool, as it puts the family members in charge of the outcome. However, if an agreement cannot be reached, the parties may choose to have any outstanding issues arbitrated instead of going to court.
As I am a family lawyer, spending much of my time as a child advocate, as well as a certified mediator, I have a combination of tools to help me in finding resolutions.
In mediation I can guide you through the legal and emotional issues, and prepare a draft separation agreement setting out your decisions from a neutral point of view.
In arbitration, after considering the evidence and the law, I would prepare an award, that would then be enforceable as a court order.
I am committed to help families going through separation and divorce, or who are changing terms of a separation agreement or court order, resolve their issues in a respectful, efficient and cost-effective way.
Compared to traditional negotiation and litigation, alternative dispute resolution processes, including mediation and arbitration, are generally:
- less expensive
- less stressful
- better tailored to the needs of the parties.
Before starting a more adversarial process, please feel free to contact us to learn about our services, so that you can determine if they can help your family.