PSYCH-ED COUNSELING AND MEDIATION SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, INC.
WHAT IS FAMILY MEDIATION
Family Mediation is a process whereby a neutral and impartial third person acts to encourage and facilitate the resolution of dispute without defining what it should be. It is an informal and non-adversarial process intended to help disputing parties reach a mutually acceptable agreement.
WHO PARTICIPATES IN FAMILY MEDIATION
• Pro Se Legal Representation, is a Latin term meaning "On Behalf of Themselves". It is not necessary for parties to obtain an attorney and proceed with litigation.
• Parties who are represented by attorneys also use mediation in lieu of litigation.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF FAMILY MEDIATION
Family Mediation begins with a neutral and impartial third person (the mediator) making introductions and giving an opening statement. Parties will each be given the opportunity to identify concerns and explain their interests. In a non-adversarial and emotionally safe environment, information is exchanged, and options/alternatives are created. The mediator encourages and facilitates the resolution without dictating the outcome. Parties are encouraged to look at all the options, negotiate, and make decisions based on their interests. Once a joint resolution is reached, the agreement will be reviewed, signed and implemented.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO MEDIATION
• Cost/Time effective • Private/Confidential • Interest based vs. Position based
• Self-determined outcome • Creative alternatives that meet the needs of the family vs. Legal mandates ordered by a court of law. • Future focused vs. Past focused • Encourages parents to work together to create paretning plans that are in the best inteest of their child(ren). • Encourages resolution vs. litigation
Dr. Kennard charges a favorable flat fee of $130.00 per hour, most commonly split equally ($65.00) between the parties. She keeps her rates comparable with the Florida Circuit Courts, so that parties may resolve their concerns outside of a courtroom.