Mediation & Arbitration

Alternative dispute resolution is a cost-effective and efficient method for resolving your case.

Mediation and Arbitration are forms of alternative dispute resolution that are used in family law cases to achieve a resolution outside of court. Often times neither party wants to leave the resolution of their case to a Judge who may or may not have much experience in family law.

Alternative dispute resolution is a cost-effective and efficient method for resolving your case.

About Mediation

  • Mediation allows for greater flexibility to reach resolutions. A court may be limited in how to resolve certain issues but in mediation the parties are free to reach an agreement that suits their specific needs.

  • Mediation is less adversarial. Trial can sever a relationship between the parties that needs to be maintained especially if there are children involved. Mediation keeps the discussions private and allows each person to come together cooperatively to resolve their case.

My Mediation Experience

  • I work with clients to help mediate or arbitrate their cases as a part of litigation.

  • I am also trained as a mediator and arbitrator.

  • I work as a neutral third party to help resolve disputes.

As a neutral third-party mediator, I work with parties to help them craft a resolution to resolve their disputes. I work with parties in the following areas:

  • Dissolutions

  • Legal Separations

  • Parenting Plans

  • Parenting Plan Modifications

  • Child Support Orders

  • Child Support Modifications

  • Property Division

  • Spousal Maintenance

I am available for half day or full day mediation. With over a decade of experience as a family law attorney in King and Snohomish County, I assist parties in resolving their case based upon existing laws. Please contact the firm with questions regarding scheduling mediation.

Mediation is required in every dissolution case in King and Snohomish County. Mediation offers the opportunity for the parties to come to agreements about a final resolution for the issues in their case.

Mediation is an effective, lower cost, and lower conflict way to resolve your case. Most family law cases resolve in mediation rather than trial.

Mediation allows parties to come up with creative solutions to move forward in a way that is best for your family.

As your case progresses, if a resolution cannot be reached between the parties or through negotiations by counsel, mediation is the next best step.

During representation, we will discuss when mediation should occur and collaborate on who to select as a mediator.

Sometimes a neutral third party is needed to help people resolve their disputes. Whether needing to answer a question about how to interpret a section of the parenting plan or a clause in an order of child support or needing help with the full resolution of a dissolution or a legal separation, I am available to act as a neutral arbiter.

With over a decade of experience in family law and training as an arbitrator, I am available for either written or in-person arbitration. Please contact the firm with questions regarding scheduling arbitration.

Sometimes some issues cannot be resolved in mediation but the parties still do not want to proceed to court. The parties can then choose to move forward to arbitration to resolve any issues remaining instead of moving forward to trial.

Arbitration can occur through written materials only which allows a party to have an issue resolved with significantly less expense. A process is agreed upon through the arbitrator’s office and then written submissions are provided to the arbitrator. The arbitrator then issues a binding decision.

Arbitration can also occur in person and be more similar to a trial. While this is a more expensive and time-consuming process, it can also be a better resolution than trial. Arbitration guarantees that an experienced family law arbitrator will be considering the case which is not a guarantee at trial through the Superior Court.

During representation we will discuss whether arbitration is a good fit for your case and who to select as the arbitrator.

Schedule an Appointment

Please contact the firm to schedule an appointment to discuss the specifics of your case. Use the form below or call us at (425) 318-2636.