Mediation is a voluntary and private process in which a mediator facilitates negotiation and resolution of the parties’ dispute, prior to or during court involvement. Mediation allows each party to have more control of the outcome than pursuing the matter to trial. It is a confidential process, what is discussed in mediation is not admissible in court. This allows for an open discourse of each party’s needs and interests for resolution.
The majority of family law cases are resolved through the mediation process. Resolving these matters through mediation is less costly, both financially and emotionally, than pursuing the matter through a trial.
Mediation for family law matters often requires creative ideas to reach both party’s goals. Shawna M. Woods has been practicing solely in family law for over fifteen (15) years. She has extensive experience with both the court system and resolving matters prior to court. As a certified mediator that specializes in family law she believes strongly in assisting families to reach resolution without litigation.