Mediation is a voluntary, informal process whereby the parties to litigation attempt to resolve their dispute without a trial. A neutral third person (the mediator) attempts to open lines of communication to assist the parties in resolving the conflict. Mediation is frequently used in civil, family, dependency and foreclosure matters and has been utilized in isolated criminal, elder, guardianship and probate matters.
While mediation is voluntary and only the parties can determine whether to resolve their case, mediation is required in many cases. In family law cases, mediation is required by a Pre-Trial Order unless the case is resolved by the parties or mediation is waived by the court. In foreclosure, civil and dependency cases, the court can order the parties to engage in mediation.
I am certified as a civil, family, foreclosure and dependency mediator. While favorable results can never be guaranteed, I have been amazed at the results achieved in mediation. Approximately 80% of the cases I have mediated have been voluntarily resolved in mediation. That means that the parties have decided they could resolve their case more favorably than the court might.
I am pleased to assist you in Bay, Gulf, Washington, Liberty, Calhoun, Jackson and Holmes Counties.
I would be happy to facilitate the resolution of your disputes whether as part of a court action or prior to the filing of an action. Call us at (850) 914-2220 or email us if we can be of assistance.