Mediation may not give you authorship over exactly how the story ends,
but it does allow you to choose the manner in which you turn the page.
If you find yourself trying to untangle a family law matter, chances are there are a number of terms that you and the other party need to come to an agreement on. Further, the decisions to be made have far-reaching consequences, not just for you but for your entire family.
Many people in these situations are also contending with intense emotions, conflict, and sometimes, feelings of hopelessness for an amicable solution. It may seem like battling it out in a courtroom is your best chance at having your voice heard and reaching a solution that will end what feels like war. But this isn’t so.
Mediation puts you in control in a way that court proceedings cannot.
Mediation is a process by which a third party, the mediator, assists you and other parties in negotiating a jointly acceptable solution to your conflict. Mediators do not act as judges or make any decisions for the parties. Rather, they bring parties together in a calm, constructive way, framing issues quickly and helping them move down a path toward resolution.
Mediation is a tried and tested method to resolve your differences while maintaining your dignity and grace. McKinney Figini has mediators who can work directly with unrepresented parties as well as with parties who are represented by attorneys. Family law mediation can help resolve custody, divorce, dissolutions of non-marital partnerships, and prenuptial or partnership matters.
You are at the center of the process and you are not subject to a judge’s ruling on a family situation you know best. With family law mediation, you each have the opportunity to express your frustrations, concerns, and ideas for resolution while avoiding the unnecessary financial and emotional drain that are hallmarks of litigation.
It is very common that courts in Washington DC and Maryland will order parties to mediate their disputes before coming to a trial, and most of our clients wind up settling their disputes during the mediation. If you are going to wind up in mediation one way or another, why not simply start there? It works.
You can expect us to…
- Listen and make space for your feelings and ideas. An integral part of mediation is allowing the views, opinions, and desires of all parties to be considered. We ensure that your voice is heard and not silenced.
- Apply our depth of experience to offer suggestions for compromise. We have subject matter expertise and experience across thousands of cases. We can spot issues and recognize patterns that allow us to offer potential compromises that are effective.
- Look for common ground to construct the path forward. It may feel like you and the other party are miles apart on nearly every issue. We look for opportunities to bring your viewpoints closer together, often identifying areas in which you are more closely aligned than meets the eye.
- Maintain your dignity and grace. We take a principled approach that is focused on an amicable settlement. We understand the gravity of the matter and guide you forward without losing sight of your deeply held desire for a dignified resolution.
The attorneys at McKinney Figini are highly qualified, trained, and experienced mediators in Maryland and Washington DC. Let us help you reduce conflict, keep you in control, and reach a solution that is amicable to all sides through family law mediation.
At McKinney Figini we value,
- Conflict reduction. We cut down contention and strive for considerate compromise to reach resolutions with grace and dignity.
- Child-centered resolutions. We put the well-being of children first, always.
- Client-focused futures. We place clients at the center of the decision-making process, never losing sight of attaining their vision of their family’s future.
- Clarity and confidence. We bring clarity where there is confusion, focus to the path forward, and strategic guidance that creates confidence.
- Constructive processes. We move your matter forward with efficiency, open communication, and collaboration.