Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that allows the parties to guide and formulate resolutions to their disputes outside of the courtroom. Parties may agree to enter into mediation as an alternative to litigation or they may be ordered by the Court, as part of the litigation process, to participate in mediation before the Court will hear their dispute. Mediation is a confidential process that provides parties with an opportunity to work with a neutral third party to discuss their dispute in a constructive manner so that they may tailor agreements that meet the specific needs of their family and avoid the emotional and financial toll of litigation.
Parenting Coordinating & Decision-Making Services
Parenting Coordinators (PCs) may be appointed in cases through the parties’ agreement or court order to assist parties in resolving disputes concerning parental responsibilities, including decision-making and parenting time. Specifically, PCs work with families to help identify the sources and causes of conflict, to develop parenting strategies to minimize the conflict, and to develop guidelines for communication. Decision Makers (DMs) may be appointed through parties’ agreement to make binding decisions to resolve disputes regarding the implementation or clarification of existing orders concerning the parties’ minor or dependent children, including disputes regarding parenting time, specific parental decisions, and child support.
Sara is a trained Mediator and Parenting Coordinator/Decision-Maker who can assist you in resolving issues outside of the courtroom.