My experience has been focused on divorce, support, custody, and other family law... more
My experience has been focused on divorce, support, custody, and other family law litigation for over 25 years. I have also come to realize that most of my clients are better served by avoiding court with family law matters. Therefore, although most of my experience has been in court, most of my day to day work is trying to resolve family law matters outside of court with collaborative practice... view profile
I have had an interest in helping families navigate the difficult issues of divorce,... more
I have had an interest in helping families navigate the difficult issues of divorce, support and custody since long before I began practicing family law. Perhaps it was my background in psychology, or some of my volunteer efforts, but I have always seen the need for family law practitioners to be sensitive to the needs of their clients, not just in the courtroom but throughout what will most ... view profile
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.