Diana Mercer, Esq. is an Attorney-Mediator and the founder of Peace Talks Mediation... more
Diana Mercer, Esq. is an Attorney-Mediator and the founder of Peace Talks Mediation Services in Los Angeles, California (www.peace-talks.com). A veteran litigator, she now devotes her practice solely to mediation. Outgoing and down-to-earth, she makes clients and attorneys feel at ease in solving family and divorce disputes. She is the co-author of Your Divorce Advisor: A Lawyer and a Psycholog... view profile
Dan Simon has been the director of Twin Cities Mediation since he founded it in 1998.... more
Dan Simon has been the director of Twin Cities Mediation since he founded it in 1998. Dan helps with divorces, parenting differences, real estate issues, employment cases, business disputes, and neighbor to neighbor conflicts. Dan's advanced training in psychology and law allows him to help with all aspects of conflict. Minnesota Law and Politics featured Dan Simon in the February 2000 iss... view profile
In family law matters, everything is at stake: your future and that of your children.... more
In family law matters, everything is at stake: your future and that of your children. You need to protect your interests, and your spouse also has interests to protect. Emotions often run high. I focus on helping people find the best solutions for divorce, child custody, child support, marital property division, spousal support and alimony, premarital agreements, marital settlement agreements... view profile
I am a kayaker and a rower. My kayak trips have included several to and from... more
I am a kayaker and a rower. My kayak trips have included several to and from Catalina and the Channel Islands. There is nothing like a couple of hours on the ocean to clear your mind. It is amazing how often solutions to thorny problems arrive while paddling.
The mediation process can help you resolve disputes without going to court. In a mediation proceeding, a neutral third party (a mediation lawyer or mediator) meets with you and the person you disagree with. Mediators are trained to find mediation solutions in legal disputes, including divorce mediation and business disagreement mediation. The mediator acts as a facilitator, helping you negotiate until a solution is found. Mediation is the most informal process for dispute resolution and is usually the least expensive method. The drawback is that, unlike an arbitrator in arbitration, the mediator does not make a final decision. So, unless the parties agree and enter into a settlement agreement, the mediation can end without the dispute being solved.