Family Law Is Not Always About Divorce
In addition to years of success as a mediator in legal divorce cases, I also have proven expertise in helping couples solve other problems through mediation. Mediation works great as an alternative to therapy because it is fact based and results oriented. Rather than looking for the cause of problems, a good mediator helps their clients solve them. In contrast to Court hearings, mediation does not involve assigning blame or fault. Therefore, parties can focus on their needs and values and craft solutions that satisfy personal objectives rather than legal criteria.
One example is when I use mediation to help unmarried couples sort out their relationship break-up in a sane and fair way. Unmarried couples have many of the same issues to resolve as married couples, but do not have the legal status as “spouse” to rely on and so hiring lawyers or threatening to go to Court are not often helpful. If an unmarried couple has children, then issues of visitation and support need to be resolved. If they are both on the lease or have joint credit cards, then legal obligations need to be sorted out.
In a somewhat similar fashion housemates or roommates may have difficulty with a move out. As a neutral mediator, I can quickly and inexpensively help them as they resolve their legal obligations in a reasonable and responsible way.
Before same-sex marriages were lawful, I also performed these same sorts of services for gay and lesbian couples.