Trained Family Law Mediator. Since her first mediation in 1998, Mary has assisted many other attorneys throughout the Greater Austin area in her work as a family law mediator. Mary brings extensive alternative dispute resolution skills to her mediation practice. As a trained family law mediator, she can use her extensive family law experience to help parties reach consensus efficiently and effectively. Her law practice focuses exclusively on resolving divorce, child-custody, modification and other various family law disputes.
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution, where a trained mediator acts as a neutral aid in assisting the parties and their attorneys in negotiating and settling their disputes, thus avoiding the need for court intervention.
Since the mediator does not represent either party, but is an objective negotiator between the parties, and in order to avoid any appearance of conflict, Mary requires that at least one of the parties be represented by counsel. The cost for mediation is usually split equally between the parties and Mary provides mediation services based upon a sliding fee scale. (Use this to link to my sliding fee scale for mediation costs.)
Mediation can be accomplished where all parties and their attorneys meet together with the mediator in one room to discuss settlement, however, it is more common for the parties and their respective attorneys to be in separate rooms throughout the mediation process which provides a more confidential and open environment for each party to share their interests, goals, and matters of concerns.
Mary can handle all family law issues in this alternative dispute resolution setting, including:
- Child Custody Disputes
- Child Support
- Division of property and debts
- Modification, including child support modification and custody modification
Extensive experience has equipped Mary to handle complex and potentially high-conflict situations in mediation. If you are considering family law mediation in a situation with special considerations that must be taken into account, we encourage you to contact us to schedule your mediation.
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