My practice is an odd combination of insurance defense work, my primary practice for the past two decades, and mediation, primarily of child custody and visitation disputes, which I began doing in 2007. I enjoy it all and work hard at it all.
Practice areas & skills: Mediation, Insurance
Samantha Hodapp is an Associate Attorney at Stange Law Firm, PC in Springfield office located in Sangamon County, Illinois. She is licensed to practice law in the states of Illinois and Arizona. Samantha represents clients in a wide variety of fam...
Practice areas & skills: Mediation, Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Violence, Divorce & Separation
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.