Mediation is especially appropriate and effective in conflict situations where there is an important continuing relationship between the individuals involved, as in a family. When family conflicts are not resolving, family mediation is an approach to consider along with more traditional counseling.
Sometimes conflicts arise post-divorce, especially as regards the co-parenting of children. It is not unusual for circumstances to change periodically after a divorce. These changes can bring about a desire by one or both former spouses to revisit the parenting plan, child support and/or spousal support. I have mediated many of these types of conflicts and I can help you resolve them out of court. The resulting agreement can remain private or it can be submitted to the court so it becomes a court order and replaces any previously existing court order.
Parenting a teenager can be very difficult and sometimes involves repeated conflict. Family therapy with a therapist who specializes in working with adolescents can be an excellent option. Another approach is parent-teen family mediation. I have mediated more than a dozen such cases with very good results.
Family Mediation for Businesses
Family businesses can involve the strain of trying to run a business over the top of family relationship issues. Sometimes business performance suffers. Other times the business is okay but the family relationship issues worsen. And sometimes both the business and the family suffer.
Mediation can be a good way to have productive dialogues about the business and family issues that have been going unresolved. The presence of a calm outsider is sometimes very helpful to get concerns out on the table in a way that is safe and respectful for everyone involved. Solutions can normally be found which not only help the business but repair damage to the family relationships. I have successfully mediated for several family businesses.
Family Mediation Services
Most of the people I assist with family mediation are from the southern Orange County communities of Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, Rancho Santa Margarita, Ladera Ranch, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Aliso Viejo and Irvine. I can work with you to create a customized mediation process that will best meet your needs.