Mediation

Attorney Halpern is a trained and experienced mediator.

Mediation is a collaborative, non-adversarial method of conflict resolution in which the parties craft their own agreement on some or all of the terms of a dispute. The mediator acts as a neutral facilitator to assist parties in expressing their interests, listening to each other, and crafting an agreement that is acceptable and workable for both parties. The mediator represents neither party but can draft legal documents for the parties; each party is welcome to participate in mediation with or without an attorney.

Mediation differs from litigation in that the process encourages parties to find their common interests and to focus on the interests of other involved individuals, such as children. Unlike a judge or arbitrator, a mediator never imposes a settlement on people. Often people find mediation to be a calming step in a personal crisis, where they can safely air their grievances and then move forward in good faith. Any discussions that occur during mediation are kept in confidence by the mediator.

Mediation can be an excellent method of dispute resolution for divorce, custody, landlord/tenant, small claims, consumer, and other matters. It can also be much less expensive, as all parties shall the cost. Even if parties hire their own attorneys to represent them in mediation, they are still likely to save on litigation costs.