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Who Participates in Mediation?

Mediation is a joint, cooperative problem-solving process, it is necessary for all parties in the case to participate. Participants need not feel friendly toward each other but should be willing to work together to find solutions to their issues.

Typically, mediation only involves the parties to the case. However, on occasion, the presence of others is warranted. This will only happen, however, if all parties agree to include such other persons and the mediator feels inclusion would be beneficial. Children are almost never involved in mediation and will only be included if the mediator feels it is appropriate in a particular case.

It can be very comforting for children to know their parents working together to resolve issues, rather than fighting and competing over them.

FACT: Families don't win in court. You will reach a better settlement outside of court in an emotionally supportive environment.

For those of you who have children, the nature of your ongoing relationship may be changing, but it is important that you realize that it is not ending. It is a redefining of roles and relationships. You must remember that although you no longer will be partners, you both are parents.



Sessions normally last approximately two hours. However, it can be shorter or longer and just depends upon the issues discussed at mediation.


FEES - No retainer is collected.  You pay for the mediation services after each session.


Mediation is a cooperative problem-solving process during which a neutral professional assists participants in clearly defining the issues in dispute, discussing ways to resolve the disputes and drafting the participant's agreements. The mediator does not make decisions for the parties but assists the participants in communicating with the hope of reaching a joint resolution. 


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Are There Benefits to Mediation?

  • It allows you to control the decisions in resolving disputes or addressing problems that may have vital importance to you;

  • It takes less time than litigation, allowing you to address the situation and get on with your life;

  • It can prevent conflict from escalating and causing harm to those not directly involved, such as children, extended family, friends, and others forced to take sides;

  • It is strictly confidential, allowing you to avoid public disclosure of your personal problem(s);

  • It promotes communication and cooperation;

  • It gives you experience in a constructive approach to problem-solving that can be applied in future disagreements;

  • It allows you to create solutions that are flexible and tailor-made, rather than court-imposed solutions; and

  • It helps fully identify emotional issues driving the dispute, and often results


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