How We Can Help
No one wants conflict. But the good news is, you can choose how to deal with it.
There’s the costly, time-consuming litigation process, which compounds an already stressful situation. Or there’s mediation – always the best option. Advanced Mediation Solutions guides families and couples in New Jersey and Pennsylvania toward constructive agreements that benefit everyone.
Unlike litigation, the process is not intimidating. Mediation is simply a structure that allows the parties to work toward resolving their own issues. We’re in charge of the process, but you’re making the decisions. And you can avoid scary courtrooms: We hold our meetings in a comfortable and informal setting.
Our extensive background in alternative-dispute resolution, combined with an understanding approach, ensures good results.
Mediation has long been an alternative for divorcing couples, but it’s also a growing option in elder-care situations. In fact, there are many ways that mediation can help people in conflict. Built on a foundation of fairness, mediation is often the bridge from disputes to resolution. Read more about our services to find out if it can work for you.
Family and Divorce Mediation
Mediation is an extremely sound decision for divorcing couples, particularly when children are involved. Couples will meet with a professional mediator who is a neutral third party. The mediator will listen carefully to both sides’ concerns and encourage couples to listen to one another with an open mind. Couples may then exchange viewpoints, clarify their differences and work toward an agreement that satisfies and benefits everyone.
For divorcing parents, mediation is ideal for designing schedules, and defining the roles and responsibilities in their children’s lives. Every family is unique, and the mediator’s role is to help craft an agreement tailored to each situation. Mediation offers divorcing couples the chance to part on civil terms; to work together and cooperate as parents despite their differences. Stormy litigation is emotionally debilitating and damaging to everyone, and too often children are caught in the middle. Mediation will avoid that.
Mediation saves time and money, and allows the parties to control all important decisions, avoiding the land of combative lawyers otherwise known as the judicial system. And your privacy is safe: Mediation is strictly confidential and not subject to public record.
At some point, most families will face the responsibility of caring for an elder. It can cause enormous strain. Relatives are forced to make stressful decisions about an elder’s care, and family members can find themselves butting heads. Advanced Mediation Solutions will open the lines of communication. We will help families develop creative solutions to caring for a loved one, ever-mindful of maintaining the elder’s best interests and dignity. And when possible, elders may also take part in the process.
It’s sometimes important to solicit opinions from elder-care experts such as attorneys and case managers. We have close relationships with trusted sources who can provide the information you seek.
Blended-Family Parenting Plans
Blended-family life can be challenging: complicated schedules, step-sibling rivalry, issues with ex-partners. When planning to remarry or during the course of a blended marriage, a parenting plan can greatly reduce the pressure on all involved. Establishing parental roles in a blended family can be touchy. Unique issues arise such as planning for the holidays, education, extracurricular activities, religion. Through Advanced Mediation Solutions, an objective professional will encourage healthy dialogue among family members to air out concerns and discuss difficult issues. The result? A well thought out, practical parenting plan with emphasis on the word “family.”
Advanced Mediation Solutions is particularly cognizant of the issues facing unmarried and same-sex couples who are separating. We understand the intricacies involved in LGBT relationships, and will treat your situation with the same level of sensitivity and expertise as all others. Even in cases where states don’t spell out the rules, we’ll help you resolve parenting issues, division of assets and any other matters that come out of a separation.
Unfortunately, nasty litigation can leave scars that last long after a divorce is final. And even if the scars have faded and all appears calm, circumstances can change. New conflicts arise. Instead of slogging back to court, mediation is a much healthier option. We can help resolve such issues as child-support changes, house sales, revised parenting arrangements, issues with step-families and moving away.
The term “prenup” often brings a wince, and it shouldn’t. A prenuptial agreement should be viewed like any other kind of insurance: You hope never to use it, but it’s there just in case. Before taking vows, couples might have a variety of issues to sort out in the event of divorce: property division, disposition of retirement funds, pre-marital assets, inheritance and spousal support. And prenuptial agreements aren’t always about divorce: They might cover such marital concerns as whether both parents will work after children are born, and approaches to spending and saving.
Before saying “I do,” couples might find it difficult to discuss individual financial concerns, needs and expectations. Mediation can take the sting out of prenuptial negotiation. Couples discuss the terms together with the help of a neutral intermediary. The result is a favorable agreement for both sides without emotional scars that can damage a marriage before it begins. One more thing: Peace of mind. Once the prenuptial agreement is out of the way, you can get on with what is most important: your relationship.
Grieving the loss of a loved one is difficult enough. When a will is not in place, it can be a recipe for family discord. Families can disintegrate when relatives spar over a loved one’s assets. Don’t allow it to happen — family relationships are too precious. Mediation is a great tool for families who having difficulty dividing estates. We will bring relatives together, open the dialogue, work toward an agreement that will please everyone and — most important — preserve the family bond.
Mediation works for almost anyone — even family members who live in different areas. Once limited by geography, mediation can now bridge long distances, thanks to technology. Virtual mediation allows parties to communicate with a mediator and one another via Skype. This service can effectively come into play in a situation that involves multiple family members, or a divorce when a spouse has moved away.