Our office provides mediation services for legal disputes in the areas of civil litigation, family law, child custody, estate planning, employment case, home owner associations, probate disputes, small business, family owned business, insurance disputes and even some criminal matters. Mediation is often the most economical and least harmful way to resolve a conflict, particularly a legal conflict.
Mediation is an informal process that allows the parties who have a conflict, dispute or disagreement to work with a neutral facilitator to help them resolve their conflict. The mediator does not make the decision--that is up to the parties. However, the mediator uses his or her professional training to help the parties reach a resolution. While the mediator may not give legal advice and cannot represent you in court, a mediator may give you legal information.
If you would like to learn more about mediation in a family law matter, please come to my free workshop where you will learn more about mediation, collaborative law, and the laws about family matters.
Most civil cases never go to trial and many of them are resolved through mediation. It is often beneficial for parties in a civil case to participate in
Additionally, more and more families are pursuing mediation as an option in divorce, separation and child custody.
In West Virginia, mediators do not need specific certification to conduct mediation. However, the West Virginia State Bar maintains a list of mediators who have received training. Additionally, mediators who have completed training and are certified by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals to conduct mediation in the substantive area of family law are listed on the Supreme Court's website.