Here Are Some Common Questions and Answers About My Mediation Services
Do you provide divorce mediation services?
No, I do not mediate divorce matters. My expertise is in facilitating individuals, families, colleagues, and friends to maintain, repair, or rebuild relationships and to resolve disputes that do not involve asset division.
Do you mediate co-parenting issues?
I mediate specific co-parenting conflicts, including decision-making regarding “major matters” such as health, education, religion, and relocation as well as the development or revision of Parenting Plans.
If the other party and I reach an agreement, will you put it in writing?
Yes, if the parties to a mediation reach agreement, I will prepare a document memorializing the agreement. In a legal matter, I will draft a settlement agreement, or if the parties prefer, a Memorandum of Understanding which they can take to their attorneys for review before signing a final settlement agreement. In a non-legal matter where parties are addressing interpersonal conflict, I will prepare—if desired—a Memorandum of Understanding.
You have a two-hour minimum requirement for mediations. Will you schedule mediations for longer than two hours?
Yes, if attorneys are involved in a mediation, I will schedule mediations for up to four hours. Generally, however, two hours is enough time for most parties to address an issue or issues and not so much time that parties become fatigued and ineffectual. My preference is to schedule a follow-up mediation if the parties need more time to resolve conflict.
May I set up a time to meet with you without the opposing party being present?
It depends. I am happy to meet in consultation, to help you decide whether mediation is the best path forward or whether another approach might better serve your needs. I also am willing to meet individually with a party to an ongoing mediation with full transparency and equal opportunity to the other party. I am not willing to meet with either party alone to discuss the merits of an issue prior to both parties signing my Agreement to Mediate.
May I bring a support person with me to the mediation?
You may bring a non-party (friend, spouse, partner) to the mediation only with the agreement of the other party. You may bring anyone, however, to rely upon for support or consultation during breaks in — or private caucuses as part of — the mediation process.