Kids Come First.....talk!

Many separated parents experience confusion, anxiety and even anger. Sometimes, the end of the relationship is not their choice - that creates resentment and disappointment. Children can very easily become pawns in an often “silent battle” between the parents about them and about their futures. Other parents battle each other openly.

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Talking one-on-one with the Mediator

Mediation is a dynamic process which the Mediator should tailor to the specific needs of the parties and the issues in dispute.

As a participant in a family mediation, you should look forward to a number of one-on-one interactions with the Mediator, both before the mediation sessions begin and during the sessions.

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Mediation and Emotion

Family Mediation can be a difficult and emotional process. After all, it usually arises out of a separation and in those circumstances, emotions are often on the surface, particularly when one side feels aggrieved and left behind. Family Mediation is, however, the process which is most likely to bring about long-lasting resolution and solutions to a family law dispute, particularly if it is conducted with care and expertise, and both parties participate in it based on the principle of balance, fairness and self-determination.

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Why Screen?

Screening is absolutely essential to the mediation process and I consider it a mandatory first step, a prelude to any further consideration of mediation as a possible method for addressing a dispute.

Many mediators do not screen. They either do not believe it is necessary to screen the parties in advance or they do not understand the importance of screening. In either case, they by pass a vital diagnostic tool.

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