Divorce & Family Mediation: My Approach
Mediation was and is founded on the basic concept that people are in the best and most knowledgeable position to make
decisions that effect their own lives as well as the lives of their children and families. This is the premise under
which I mediate. People who come to me for mediating their divorces, with or without attorneys, are not only encouraged
but empowered to accomplish this goal. It is my belief that people who have the necessary information, are aware of the
alternatives, and willing to consider different options and suggestions, can best decide their own future rather than
trusting someone else to make that decision for them. While I prefer working with parents, spouses and other family members
without attorneys, I have had the good fortune of experiencing a tremendous variety of situations with attorneys
during my 20 plus years of mediation experience and 35 years as an attorney.
People not only have the ability to decide their own future, but also have the responsibility of the
future of their family and children. The tools that I bring to the table to assist my clients in making
their decisions are my considerable years of experience, the variety of cases and circumstances that I have seen, and
my ability to listen and make suggestions that are tailored to the needs of each particular family and situation. The
children always occupy the uppermost of my consideration and commitment.
In my opinion, mediation is almost always the best alternative to the destructiveness that the court system and
litigation can often cause. That is why so few cases actually go to trial. The real question is when you settle,