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· Take control of your family’s future;
· Accomplish your goals in a focused, thoughtful, and creative manner;
· Maintain control over the resolution of marital disputes and the process for getting there;
· Reduce costs; and
· Create an outcome specific to your family’s needs.
While acknowledging that, in certain cases, judges must hear litigated matters to resolve disputes, many (if not most) cases can be successfully resolved through Mediation. In choosing litigation, your family situation becomes public record; the costs surrounding legal matters are significantly increased; there can be considerable damage to parental relationships; and, ultimately, a judge’s ruling may not address your children’s particular needs. Family Law Mediators offer a private and confidential method in which you can thoughtfully and jointly plan for your family's future.
With the assistance of a Family Law Mediator, the parties are empowered and encouraged to present their concerns to each other face-to-face. A trained Mediator is skilled at recognizing and managing power imbalances between participants in a delicate, but direct, manner.
Through Mediation of your Family Law Matter, parties reduce the expense and anxiety of court proceedings, and the emotional toll that comes with familial conflict. In Mediation, spouses/parents benefit by preserving the possibility of positive ongoing relationships. By choosing an approach that stresses integrity in communications, anxiety is reduced, allowing thoughtful resolution of the variety of family issues.
When children are involved, the process of Family Law Mediation involves mutual decision-making by the parents instead of high conflict and court ordered solutions, which shields the children from the corrosiveness and bitterness that can come when litigation is required. In this way, Family Law Mediation strongly promotes and fosters the well-being of children and co-parenting relationships.
There is no limit to the Family Law issues, whether Marital Dissolution/Separation matters, Modification, and Legal Decision-Making and Parenting Time issues, that can be resolved through the Mediation process. Jennifer Welch Shick is a ASU-trained, professional Mediator offering alternatives to traditional litigation.
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