As a mediator, Jennifer helps facilitate agreements in the areas of family law (divorce, child custody, and child support), civil protection orders, small claims disputes, county court disputes, evictions, and contract disputes.
During the process of mediation, there is more opportunity to speak candidly and openly than there is in the limited arena of a courtroom. A judge does not get to meet all individuals involved and does not get to hear all of the background information that can be very informative and helpful in reaching a solution.
Resolving disputes through an agreement is often less stressful than litigation and it often resolves issues more effectively and efficiently than going to a trial.
Some legal disputes can continue on for many years if you do not develop strategies to limit conflict. Sometimes going to court is the best way to minimize conflict in the future. However, mediation is a far more amicable approach and is often more appropriate.
Mediation and other alternative dispute resolution processes such as arbitration are especially beneficial in family law disputes. Children are best served when parents maintain a cordial relationship.
Through the structured process of mediation, parents can set aside hostility and agree on key points concerning their children. Mediation can be a highly effective tool, helping you preserve your children’s well-being and the stability of their lives during the turbulent process of divorce, separation, or high conflict family dynamics. The predictability of mediation reduces the stress of child custody conflicts and puts important child-rearing decisions in your hands, rather than in the hands of the court.