Mediation is a process of alternative dispute resolution in which an impartial third party assists the parties in negotiating a consensual and informal agreement. Participants work with the guidance of a mediator to clarify issues, reduce obstacles in communication, explore solutions and if possible, reach a mutually satisfactory agreement.

A court may order mediation upon a request by either party or because the court itself determines it would be useful to the couple in coming to an agreement in their divorce. (598.7) Mediation will not be ordered, however, when there is evidence of domestic abuse. (598.41) Even in cases of domestic abuse, however, if both parties agree to mediate, despite the existence of a protective order, mediation can take place, but must be held at the local courthouse.

A successful mediation can help you resolve your case to enable you to have an uncontested divorce. Mediation can be particularly useful in situations involving children, because it is in the best interests of the children that their parents find a way to “get along” even if they will no longer live together as husband and wife.

Ryan J. Ellis has two certifications and the experience to facilitate your mediation.

Tracy A. Eaton has successfully completed a 40-Hour Custody and Divorce Mediation Training Workshop and has the abilities to mediate the difficult issues facing families.


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