Family Mediation, Non-family related issues, Workshops, and Community Service Referrals
FMRC provides free and sliding-fee scale family dispute resolution to families experiencing divorce or separation. Together, we are building strong communities and families! We teach our kids that adults can work it out, even when they don’t see eye to eye!
Research clearly shows that going to court is committing to an adversarial and conflict ridden process; not to mention, lengthy and costly! As such, FMRC will help you stay out of Court and keep control over decisions regarding your family.
We understand! Separation and family re-structuring is a highly emotional process; so, we are prepared to spend as much time as you need BEFORE and AFTER the mediation to work on developing skills to help you move forward with your lives in a positive manner. You are welcome, at any time, to participate in our workshops and events.
How does family mediation work?
Mediation is a voluntary process where a trained professional, called a mediator, helps participants to negotiate a mutually acceptable agreement. The decision to mediate is completely voluntary. You’re in it because you choose to be. A mediator, unlike a judge or arbitrator, will not make decisions for you. You and your partner decide what will happen for your family. The mediator will act as a facilitator and referee, to help guide you regarding personal decisions for your lives and those whom you love. The key is: You and your partner maintain control over the outcome.
How does it work?
Each party describes the dispute from his or her own point of view and offers possible solutions. The mediator helps the parties to focus on the real issues causing the problem and then helps them to find a workable solution(s). When the parties arrive at an agreement, the agreement is put in writing.
How do you begin the process?
Contact us to schedule an intake meeting. If you have a lawyer, ask him or her about mediating your case. If the other party also agrees to try mediation, either your lawyer or you should schedule an intake.
Are there cases that should not be mediated?
While many problems can be resolved in mediation, you can discuss with your lawyer or mediator whether or not the issues in your case can be mediated. Cases involving on-going domestic violence should almost never be mediated.
How does the mediator help the couple emotionally?
If one party is a stronger negotiator, mediation helps balance the power. When couples express hurt, fear or anger, mediators talk about the needs behind the feelings. They reframe the issue to help the couple focus on a mutually acceptable solution. Mediation supports the healing process; helps you focus on your future; eliminates aggressive bargaining and legal games; prioritizes the well-being of the children and addresses the parties’ needs and interests. You have a voice in the process.
So… Why Mediate?
It works. A good deal of mediations end in agreement as the parties are motivated to find resolution.
It’s affordable. Parties generally agree to split the cost of a mediator. Cases mediated early may avoid costly litigation.
It’s quick. If conducted early, mediation may result in settlement far quicker than waiting until near trial to settle.
It’s private. Almost everything disclosed during mediation is confidential and cannot be used in a lawsuit.
It’s impartial. Mediators have no stake in the outcome. Their role is to facilitate the resolution of the complaint.
It’s cooperative, not adversarial. Mediation provides a comfortable, safe and respectful setting for discussion. It is no where as combative as court cases can become.
Additionally, we offer conflict resolution workshops that may benefit your organization and relationships! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our toll-free for more information.