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What is Family Mediation?

 

Family Mediation is a process used to help people reach agreements. In this process, a neutral, trained mediator works with people to discuss all of the issues related to their family conflict, to explore possible options for settlement, and to identify solutions that best meet the needs of each person involved.  Using family mediation services can result in sound decision-making, lessening resentment, greater understanding, improved communication, and transformation of relationships. Family law mediation services also benefits clients by avoiding costly and hurtful litigation.

A family law mediator promotes discussion and negotiation that allows the participants involved in a conflict or a dispute the opportunity to exchange opposing views, ask questions, discuss difficult topics and find solutions. A family mediator is a neutral third party who assists the participants to explore and find mutually acceptable solutions in a focused, thoughtful, and creative way.

Mediation services have become a common and widespread method of solving family issues. Family mediation enables clients to have control of the process, rather than the courts. With the assistance of family mediators, clients can plan for their own future, limit the financial and emotional cost of conflict, and formulate solutions that fit their specific needs and concerns.

Mediation Topics

Marriage

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

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WHEN CAN MEDIATION BE DONE?

Mediation can take place at any stage in a situation, and we believe that the earlier it is considered, the better. For example, when people make a decision to divorce, they are at a critical point. Before any money is spent, or any commitment is made by either person to work with a particular attorney, the benefits of mediation should be considered. If mediation sounds like a good fit, both people can then seek out attorneys who are supportive of mediation to consult with them and advise them as to their specific situation. We believe that this approach can lead to peaceful, personal, and private solutions that most often save time, money, and stress.

If mediation is not considered until later in the process, there may have been significant time and money spent without reaching agreements, and emotions can run very high. Chances for reaching a peaceful agreement may have diminished, and the likelihood of having to resolve the case either through an expensive trial in court or late stage mediation is higher. 

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Parties maintain their dignity and autonomy by being included in decision making.​

Participants build a custom made plan that works well for them.

Successful family mediation leads to resolution of problems on multiple levels, with healthy conversations -- not arguing and finger pointing.

Meaningful solution making processes for the family as they overcome difficult challenges and changes and seek to avoid litigation anxiety and expense.

Provides flexibility to meet the needs of parties in various conflict scenarios.

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WHY CHOOSE A FAMILY MEDIATOR?

Through family mediation, the parties reduce the expenses and stress of court proceedings, and reduce the emotional toll of conflict. In family mediations, the participants benefit greatly by preserving the possibility of ongoing relationships in the future, if they so choose.

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. This shields the children from the corrosiveness and bitterness that often spills over to them when the Courts and litigation are involved. Family mediation in this way strongly promotes and fosters the well-being of the children.

However your particular family is structured, family mediation will focus on finding win/win solutions and allowing parties to go forward with more understanding of each other's points of view than they had previously.

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Not like a coach, only working with one side, a mediator works with all sides to help them move toward their own, voluntary agreement.

Mediation is the ideal means for resolving family conflicts, no matter the issue.

Encourages healthy, positive communication with as little conflict as possible.

Avoids the significant risks that high conflict poses to children and other family members involved.

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DIVORCE

 

Many couples are now choosing Divorce Mediation as the preferred method to end their marriages. These are couples that want an amicable divorce. Mediation for divorce has great benefits to divorcing couples. While lawyers are used as reviewing attorneys in mediation, divorce mediation, in many ways, is divorce without a lawyer. This gives people who want a friendly divorce the chance to move forward in their lives without the bitterness that generally accompanies litigated divorces

Mediation Topics

Alimony / Spousal Support

Property Division