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These are just a few of the many benefits surrounding the ever growing mediation field. As an experienced mediator handing thousands of cases to date, Ms King is not only an experienced mediator but also an authorized Virginia Supreme Court trainer, and advocate for increasing the use of mediation as an alternative to the litigation model. Whether your dispute is in the beginning stages or already in the middle of a long litigation battle, Mediation is always available to provide an alternative to having a judge decide the final outcome. Disputes can range from family custodial concerns, breach of contract claims, probate disputes, employment cases and many other areas, too numerous to mention. Please contact our office to schedule a 30-minute free consultation on how using mediation may be used to resolve your dispute.
It is easy to forget that conflicts involving property, debts, employment rights, breach of contract and so forth involve more than just money. Often personal interests, communication barriers, and other significant emotional feelings contribute to these conflicts and can often derail or sabotage resolution. Mediating these disputes, allows not only the financial aspects to be settled, but also provides the opportunity to address factors that go hand-in-hand to a satisfactory outcome — emotional drivers or factors that a court is not equipped to address.
The separation and break-up of a marriage is already one of the most painful and disruptive events that an individual and family can experience without the additional toll of a length and costly court battle. Mixing emotions and difficult legal decisions often result in overwhelming feelings and a sense of loss of control over your situation. Furthermore, the traditional courtroom model is not designed for couples who can work together to divide their assets and arrange mutually beneficial parenting plans. The use of family mediation strives to be an amicable process where both parties have their say about their situation and play an active role in creating solutions that, ideally, meet the needs of both parties.
As a Juvenile Court Certified Mediator and Mentor, Ms. King has been mediating thousands of family mediation cases over the past decade, whether through court referral system or by couples looking to stay out of the court system completely. Parties can work out parenting arrangements, division of assets, child and spousal support and other matters relating to the separation of marriage. Ms. King can draft a Memorandum of Understanding (‘MOU’) that then the parties may use if they file for a divorce. In this way, the parties retain full control over the process and outcome of their divorce.
Further, because the process is designed to avoid attacks that normally come with this type of situation, it is not unusual for the parties to discover that they are able to communicate better and may even reconcile. When parties are looking to keep an unpleasant situation from getting worse, and would like to work together to resolve the problems so that they can go forward with their lives, mediation should be considered.
We live in ever changing world where families are no longer constrained and limited to single country borders. Factors such as the large military presence and growing population from other countries results in an increasing number of diverse families where there are ties to other countries. When the relationship breaks down, the person with foreign ties often wants to go back to their support system from their own country.
Ms. King has taken extensive trainings in the area of cross border and international parental abduction prevention, and practicing under the Hague convention (an international agreement among signatory countries regarding custody, visitation and support of children where the parties have ties to two or more countries). She can work with you and the other party where not only the typical family issues are at present, but with the added complexity regarding multiple countries and laws are present.