Family Law Mediation
Family Issues brought to a Mediation can be the most difficult for the parties involved. Be it a divorce or dissolution, child custody or support issue or a desire to amend a prior agreement or Court Order, the parties are emotionally charged. Their lives and if applicable, the lives of their children are all riding on the outcome of the dispute. This is an element that we are well aware of. Being sensitive to the needs and desires of the parties is something that I excel in.
An issue which is becoming more prevalent is mediating with Same-Sex relationships. Dealing with these issues requires a heightened sensitivity to the unique issues that they present. As the Country continues to struggle with identifying and “legally defining” these relationships, no where is awareness of these issues more important than in mediation.
Family mediations will often take their own direction if allowed. A good mediator will not push, but help to steer the parties towards a resolution that they themselves have formulated. It is imperative for the mediator to listen to what the parties are saying, giving them due time and consideration. No issue that a party feels is important is not. After all, the role of the mediator is to act as a facilitator, acting as the neutral and helping the parties reach their own decisions.