Separation and divorce can be a time of great stress for families and children. Turning to mediation can help reduce the uncertainty and conflict. In our mediation process couples make their own decisions about parenting and finances with our compassionate and caring assistance. We use an interest-based negotiation technique that helps you make decisions grounded in your core values, without escalation of conflict. We work hard to help you make mutually acceptable decisions and move forward with your lives.
Our mediation is based upon facilitating effective conversations about decisions that need to be made. We understand that some conversations are more difficult than others. Our job is to help you have those conversations and make informed decisions in a non-adversarial and respectful way. Both parties are empowered. Couples decide for themselves what their process and outcomes should be.
Some couples need the support and advocacy of their own attorneys throughout the decision-making process and select Collaborative law. Collaborative professionals understand that even if a couple is going through a divorce, there are still parenting and other relationships that are important. Collaborative divorce focuses on the restructuring and reorganization of the family, without causing unnecessary conflict or harmful escalation. Collaborative negotiations are about problem-solving and are not driven by fear, positioning or strategic posturing. The goal of Collaborative divorce is reaching an outcome that addresses the needs and concerns of all family members—as much as possible. Resources are almost always limited. Time with our kids is just never enough. But making all attempts to jointly address all family members’ needs and concerns is the surest path to reaching that goal. In collaborative practice, couples are active participants in every aspect of the settlement process. Collaborative divorce is a client-centered process, not a lawyer-centered process or a court-centered process. Collaborative Law involves other professional specialists to help clients reach the best possible outcome. Mental health professionals help to clear the emotional obstacles that all too often get in the way of a successful negotiation and serve as child specialists. Financial professionals can focus on efficiently gathering and analyzing the financial data so that the clients can more clearly understand the facts, figures and financial options. Instead of just one professional helping a divorcing couple get a deal, the synergy of these various professionals, working together as a team, based on the particular needs of the family, enables families to reach the best possible outcomes, in a process that is designed to help, not harm.