Amanda always takes an approach that is child-centered and family focused.

Cooperative Process

Mediation is a voluntary cooperative process that can be used to resolve disagreements.

Research has found that people have much less resentment toward a settlement when they have participated in the shaping of its terms.

Mediation is a voluntary cooperative process that can be used to resolve disagreements. It is a private and confidential method of resolving disputes. Emotions and communication problems can make it difficult for couples to negotiate directly with each other, which is why an experienced mediator can be helpful.

As a trained mediator and experienced family law attorney, I work with parties as a neutral facilitator to assist them in resolving disputes and reach a mutually acceptable agreement. My role as a mediator is to reduce obstacles to communication and create an environment that encourages an open and constructive exchange of feelings and ideas.
I work with the parties to identify issues that need to be resolved and explore their underlying needs and interests. I guide them through the settlement process, exploring the alternative solutions with fairness, integrity and impartiality. If necessary, I can prepare the court paperwork they need to file and complete their case.

Mediation requires two parties willing to assert their concerns, needs and interests. The parties must also be able to listen to each other and be open to reaching a result that is fair to the other. Parties going through mediation control the decision-making process as they make the important decisions about what is best for themselves and their family.

Mediation can address all of the family law issues that a couple or family faces, including custody, child or spousal support and property division.

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Approach to Mediation

Parties in mediation should each consult with independent lawyers to provide legal advice as a neutral, Amanda is unable to give legal advice to either party. The parties set the pace at which the mediation proceeds. Parties who would like to resolve things more quickly are not held back by court schedules. If an agreement is reached through mediation in a timely manner, parties may never need to appear in court.

I approach each mediation case with the following goals:

  • Facilitation of respectful communication between the parties that allows them to safely express what is important to them and why
  • Gaining mutual understanding of each other’s differences
  • Full disclosure and open sharing of information
  • Parties working together to define and clarify issues, then seek creative solutions to create a durable agreement that is fair to both parties

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