Mediation Services

Attorneys Audrey “Stephanie” Loftin and Rebecca “Reba”Birmingham offer mediation services where we help parties compromise, negotiate, and reach a settlement.

WHAT IS MEDIATION?

Mediation is a process in which an impartial third party facilitates communication and negotiation and promotes voluntary decision making by the parties to the dispute.

WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF MEDIATION?

  • Cost Effective

  • Time Effective

  • Creativity in Resolution

  • Relationship Preservation

  • Confidentiality

WHAT ISSUES CAN BE MEDIATED?

  • Child Custody, Dissolution, Separation and Visitation.

  • Disputes over finances, physical or mental health, living arrangements, transportation, etc. that involves friends or family members

  • Contract disputes, disputes between neighbors, landlords and tenants, roommates, over animals, debts and property division, etc.

What cannot be mediated?

Matters of criminal behavior (unless court mandated) Matters of Domestic Violence.

CAN YOUR ATTORNEYS RECEIVE REFERRALS FROM COURT?

Your mediators have received training which satisfies the California Dispute Resolution Programs Act (DRPA) classroom training, which fulfills requirements to mediate in most community and some court-connected programs.

DO I STILL NEED TO GO TO COURT IF WE MEDIATE?

We enter every mediation with the goal of resolution. If you do not agree after mediation, your court process continues.

WHAT IF ONLY ONE PERSON WANTS TO MEDIATE?

All parties must agree to mediate for this process to work.

IS IT CONFIDENTIAL?

Mediation is entirely confidential, and all parties will be asked to stipulate to that at the beginning of the session. The Mediator will not be able to be subpoenaed to court to testify, nor will anything revealed in mediation be repeated outside the rooms.

DO I HAVE TO BE IN THE SAME ROOM WITH THE EX?

In high conflict situations, it is possible to separate the parties and have the mediator conduct "shuttle diplomacy."

IF WE TRIED AND FAILED ATTEMPTED MEDIATION AND DECIDE TO FILE AND GO TO COURT - CAN I STILL RETAIN YOU AS MY ATTORNEY?

Once both parties have mediated with the same attorney, that attorney is conflicted out and cannot represent one party against the other.