Chuck Szurszewski has been practicing family law in the Olympia area since 1978. His... more
Chuck Szurszewski has been practicing family law in the Olympia area since 1978. His experience includes managing the Olympia Division of Child Support and heading up the Thurston County Prosecutor's Office Child Support Section. Chuck has been with our firm since 1987, representing individuals in dissolution, modification, custody and child support cases. He is an experienced mediator as well ... view profile
Christina Meserve has been practicing family law in the same Olympia location since... more
Christina Meserve has been practicing family law in the same Olympia location since 1979. She is the only Thurston County attorney admitted as a fellow to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is one of very few divorce attorneys to be awarded the prestigious "AV" rating by Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory. She has been listed as a "Super Lawyer" by Washington Law & Politics Magazin... 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.