Family Mediation

What is Family Mediation?

  • Mediation is appropriate for family-related conflicts, such as divorce, child "custody" and family misunderstandings.

  • Mediators can help parties discuss their differences, increase their clarity and understanding of the situation, hear new information, listen to each other, and identify choices and resources.

  • Mediation can help people make voluntary and informed decisions on issues of concern to them in a cooperative setting.

  • It is private, voluntary, and confidential.

 How Family Mediation Works

  1. Interested parties contact the mediator, Sophie Morgan, at 250-8968.  She will answer questions and provide information about mediation.  If the parties are interested in pursuing mediation, they may schedule an orientation (pre-mediation meeting).

  2. At the orientation, parties meet separately with the mediator and have an opportunity to ask questions about the process and see how mediation can work with their issues.  Fees for the initial meeting and the mediation are discussed.  This initial meeting gives parties a chance to make voluntary, informed decisions about proceeding with mediation.

  3. If a decision to mediate is made, parties select a date and time.  The mediation will be held at the offices of Bormann, Myerchin & Espeseth, LLP and will be scheduled for two hours; however the parties may discontinue the process at any time.  The mediator's role is to facilitate a constructive conversation between the parties.  As topics are discussed, the mediator helps the parties explore their questions, concerns, and ideas.  Mediators are impartial and will not give advice, or decide who is “right”.  If advice is desired, parties are encouraged to consult appropriate outside resources, such as attorneys, financial consultants, or other professionals at any point during the mediation process.  The mediator will not give the parties any legal advice.

  4. All decisions related to the dispute are made by the parties.  Mediators will prepare a summary of decisions at the request of the parties.  Parties may need attorneys to create legal documents.  The mediator cannot answer legal questions or draft legal documents for the parties. 

*Depending on your income, you may be eligible for a reduced mediation fee through the court.  Please contact the Clerk of Court in your county to inquire about the Family Mediation Program. 

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