Mediation

Families in Transition
Mediation provides an opportunity for parties to work out their custody and visitation disputes. The Children's Law Center provides a male/female team of mediators consisting of an attorney and a mental health worker, both of whom are very familiar with the family court process. The team meets with both parties to introduce the program and identify the issues to be resolved. We help each party voice their concerns and to understand the concerns of the other parent. We give parents the tools necessary to communicate more effectively with one another. This in turn helps to decrease the conflict level.


What are the benefits of mediation?

  • It helps children by lessening the conflict in their lives.
  • Mediation not only helps resolve the immediate disagreements, but also helps participants learn new ways of dealing with future problems.
  • Clients benefit from the assistance of both a legal and a mental health professional without the expense and time commitment of repeated court appearances.
  • It's confidential.
  • You can come back later for more help if needed.


Why do you provide mediation?

 We are committed to protecting children from the harm caused by high conflict custody and visitation disputes. Successful mediation can take the conflict out of these proceedings and reduce the stress of repeated court appearances.


What are the requirements for the program?

 To be eligible, parents must be of low or moderate income and willing to participate.


How can I get mediation services for my case?

 You can call us at 1-888-LAW-DOOR. The Court, the Family Services Office, or your attorney may refer you; however, both parents must contact our office in order to be considered for the program.


How much does it cost?

 The service is based on a sliding fee scale.