Family Mediation Services
Solutions in parenting has a deep commitment to providing a full range of comprehensive assistance to families. As a result, we have developed a highly effective, solution-based approach to helping families resolve even their toughest conflicts. 

Solutions in Parenting’s Family Mediation Services provide families the opportunity to find solutions to meet everyone’s needs, from negotiating a contract between parents and their adolescents to mediating a divorce.

 Family Mediation Services may include:

       Co-parenting agreements for married as well as unmarried partners

       Blended family agreements

       Child custody agreements



       Explaining divorce and separation to children

       Spousal and child support

       Marriage settlement agreement revisions, where negotiable

       Parenting plans

       Parenting plan revisions based on changing life events

       Inter-generational family dispute resolutions

       Adult sibling reconciliations

       Elder care responsibilities and familial agreements

       Neighbor disputes

       Parent-adolescent agreements

       Family agreements regarding discipline, technology, school, chores, driving, grades, etc. 

We approach mediation in the same manner we approach family education and consultation. We use our Bond-Strengthening® Philosophy coupled with Mediation training and experience to promote emotionally healthy verbal skills, alternative conflict resolution skills and solution-based communication to direct the mediation process. We use a theoretical framework to help our clients understand mediation and learn skills to apply in the future. We incorporate our training in marriage and family psychotherapy to provide expert and cutting-edge information regarding relational dynamics, child and adolescent development and human behavior. We consider mediation to be the first step to a healthier and more positive future. 

There are four main principles for mediation: 

1.     Mediation is voluntary. Although the Courts may expect you to have attempted mediation before starting Court proceedings, each participant is treated with respect and is encouraged to feel comfortable and empowered throughout the whole process.

2.     Mediators are impartial and will not express a personal opinion or unfairly direct the process to benefit one or the other participants. They will, however, provide substantial information and guidance when necessary.

3.     Mediation is confidential and all mutual agreements will be written up as a confidential summary and cannot be referred to in Court proceedings.

4.     The decision-making is up to you. You are treated as the experts in dealing with what is best for your children, how you divide your finances and what you decide for your future.

What happens in Mediation?

Although we can custom-tailor mediation sessions to best meet the needs of our clients, we follow a standard model of mediation:

This is where the disputing gather in one place for conflict resolution.

This is where the mediator makes introductions, if necessary, and explains the goals and ground rules of the mediation.

This step allows for setting the agenda, prioritizing issues, clarification of details, presentation of financial statements or other documentation.

This stage is the reaching of an agreement through discussion and collaboration.

At the end of the mediation process, which ranges from one to six meetings, we will help you to document your agreement with either a Memorandum of Understanding, or can refer you to another collaborating party. If necessary, we will inform you how to obtain legal advice to convert your hard work into a legally binding agreement.


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