Family law issues are more than legal concerns. They are highly personal matters that can be challenging and stressful.

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution conducted in a private, voluntary and confidential manner. It is a sensible approach for resolving traumatic changes within the family setting, such as a separation, divorce, child custody matters, child support,  spousal support and division of property and debts.

In York County, mediation with a certified family court mediator is required for parties in all family and civil law cases before a trial may be scheduled. Our Certified Family Law Mediator helps steer clients toward their own solutions and resolutions.

Meetings take place in a private, comforting office setting with technological advances that help us navigate the issues visually to gain understanding and reach consensus. We work to find a peaceful means of addressing your specific concerns, while saving you the stress and money associated with a trial.

Family Law Mediation Q&A

What is mediation? When is mediation needed? What does a mediator do? Does a mediator have to be certified? Do both parties have a say in choosing a mediator? What issues may be resolved through mediation? May unmarried parents participate in family law mediation, or is it reserved for divorcing couples? Who attends mediation sessions? What are the benefits of family law mediation? May we meet with a mediator before filing a case in Family Court? Where are mediation sessions held? Do I need an attorney? Do mediators offer legal advice? How does a mediation session end? What if we cannot reach agreement on all issues? Is a mediation agreement binding? Why should I take time to prepare for mediation? How are mediation sessions scheduled?

Mediation resources

Morton & Gettys provides the following online resources as a convenience to clients and the community. The law firm does not control the content found on these sites, and information or advice provided by these websites should be reviewed carefully with an attorney before making decisions regarding a legal matter.

  • View videos that show various styles of mediation (Source: American Bar Association, Center for Representation in Dispute Resolution)
  • Find out more about dispute resolution and attorney participation (Source: American Bar Association)
  • Read issues of Dispute Resolution Magazine (Source: American Bar Association, Center for Representation in Dispute Resolution)
  • Read issues of Just Resolutions E-News (Source: American Bar Association, Center for Representation in Dispute Resolution)
  • Learn about mediation and the dispute resolution process continuum (Source: American Arbitration Association)

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