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Bringing the Magic

I had a case in which I was retained, not for a collaborative matter, but for litigation. (Back then, I still had the reputation for being “an aggressive family law trial attorney.”)

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Growing Apart

Overheard among a group of middle school boys drinking mochas in a coffeehouse, as one tastes another’s coffee: “That is so ridiculously sweet! That’s like something a five-year-old would make!”

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Family Law Mediation

Mediation is a viable alternative to an expensive courtroom divorce. There are some things you should know and understand when choosing this process. The most important thing is to understand all your options and how these options can play out with the best result for you and your family.

Mediation: An Introduction

Get the facts and details on how mediation can best serve you should you be considering divorce. In this short video, Joryn Jenkins explains the basics of family mediation and what you can expect. There are an additional four videos about mediation at the bottom of this page.

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Family Mediation is it Right for You?

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that does not involve the courts. It is a dynamic, structured, interactive process wherein a neutral third-party assists disputing clients to resolve their disputes through the use of specialized communication and negotiation techniques.

The attorneys at Open Palm can either act as the family law mediator for both you and your spouse or represent you, individually, as your attorney during your mediation sessions with your spouse or significant other. As trained mediators, we are skilled in the art of negotiation, which benefits clients in whatever capacity we serve.

Mediation may be initiated by the parties or it may be compelled by legislation, the courts, or the terms of a contract. Private sessions are confidential. If the parties reach an agreement, the mediator or a party’s attorney will draft the agreement for the clients’ signatures. The process is typically less formal than litigation and gives the parties more control of their process and the outcome. The mediator has no power to render a resolution to the conflict; instead, with the mediator’s help, the parties fashion the solution as the mediator moves them through the process. Mediation can be beneficial because it is less costly and timely than litigation, and it is successful nine times out of ten.

Family Mediation Part 2

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Family Mediation Part 3

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Family Mediation Part 4

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Family Mediation Part 5

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