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The Holiday Season: The Perfect Time to Try Mediation

The quintessential image of the holiday season is a family sitting around the fireplace with presents in hand and smiles all around. Yet the holidays are a difficult time for many due to complex family dynamics and co-parenting situations. Fortunately, mediation offers a flexible solution that keeps everyone happy. Let’s take a closer look at…
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Choosing the Right Mediator: Attorney-Mediator vs. Certified Mediator vs. Virginia Supreme Court Certified

In conflict resolution, mediation is an invaluable tool that helps individuals and organizations find mutually beneficial solutions without costly and time-consuming court battles. However, when seeking a mediator, it’s essential to understand the critical distinctions between different mediators, especially regarding qualifications. This article will explore the differences between an Attorney Mediator, a Certified Mediator, and…
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A woman and her daughter preparing for a custody battle

Understanding the Interplay of Custody Battles and Child Support: A Comprehensive Insight

Child custody battles and child support concerns are intricately linked aspects of family law that demand thorough understanding and careful consideration. The outcome of a custody battle can have profound implications on child support arrangements, necessitating a comprehensive grasp of both areas. Engaging the services of a seasoned family law attorney can prove instrumental in…
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Young parents discussing custody of their child using the mediation process

Exploring Child Custody Mediation: A Path to Collaborative Resolution

Child custody disputes can be emotionally taxing and adversarial when handled solely through traditional courtroom proceedings. However, an alternative approach has gained prominence in recent years – child custody mediation. This process provides a constructive and less confrontational avenue for parents to address custody matters while prioritizing the well-being of their children. Delving into the…
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The Case for Using Lawyer-Mediators in Family Law

The Case for Using Lawyer-Mediators in Family Law

Mediation is a big tent with room for a variety of mediators with different backgrounds, credentials and styles. There is no single type of background or set of credentials required for a mediator nor is there any one right style of mediation. While retired judges serving as mediators (“judge-mediators”) in family law cases has become…
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A father and his son reviewing a checklist for their upcoming child support mediation session

The Comprehensive Child Custody Mediation Checklist: A Blueprint for Successful Resolution

Embarking on the child custody mediation journey demands meticulous preparation to ensure that the process unfolds smoothly and leads to a positive outcome for all parties involved. A well-structured checklist can be your guiding compass, aiding you in addressing every essential detail. By proactively gathering information, considering viable custody arrangements, and becoming acquainted with pertinent…
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A woman and her child discussing the child support mediation process with her lawyer

Child Support Mediation: Navigating Financial Equilibrium through Collaborative Resolution

Child support, an integral facet of custody battles, underscores the financial well-being of children amid familial transitions. Mediation emerges as a progressive avenue to address child support matters, fostering cooperation and mutual understanding between parents. Delving into the mediation process unveils its significance in fostering a better co-parenting dynamic, alleviating hostility, and facilitating equitable financial…
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Mother with her teenage daughter at meeting with lawyer discussing where to file for custody

Navigating Jurisdiction: Essential Insights for Determining Where to File for Custody

The question of where to file for custody holds significant implications in family law proceedings. Jurisdiction, the legal authority of a court to hear a case, plays a pivotal role in the custody battle landscape. Navigating this critical aspect involves understanding the nuances of jurisdiction, identifying the appropriate venue, and ensuring that legal proceedings align…
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Setting Up an Out-of-State Parenting Plan: Navigating Virginia Custody Laws

When parents live in different states, establishing a comprehensive and workable parenting plan can be complex and challenging. In this article, we will explore the intricacies of creating an out-of-state parenting plan within the framework of Virginia custody laws. By leveraging mediation as a solution, parents can find a constructive and mutually beneficial way to…
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