Serena M. Hayes, JD

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Before becoming a mediator, I was a family law attorney. 

It wasn't long before I discovered the judicial system wasn't the appropriate forum to resolve family conflict. 

Here are some of the reasons why: 

  • You lose control over the outcome.
  • The nature of litigation is combative, right versus wrong, and there is always a loser.  You could lose.

  • Conflict often becomes intensified.

  • After court ends, people are often confused about how to enforce court orders and what to do when there are changes in the family dynamic that may result in re-litigation

  • Court is time consuming and exhausting.

  • Court is expensive.

I offer a service that helps families find healing even through despair.  If you are going through a difficult time in your relationship, struggling to find your voice, feeling stuck and isolated, mediation can help you and your partner develop concrete, values-based solutions that give you the confidence to move forward.   

Let us help.

Our process, Your solutions.

As a mediator, I provide a framework for resolving disputes:

  1. Explain the process;
  2. Listen and gather information without judgment;
  3. Identify topics that might be included in your plan;
  4. Brainstorm solutions; and
  5. Reach agreement.

My process allows you to develop ideas tailored to your family’s needs. 

I won't tell you what to do or give you advice about what you should do.  Instead, I will give you the space to explore ideas that work for your family based on your values. 

Every family deserves the opportunity to decide what is right for it.  

I chose mediation. 

I left the practice of law to pursue a career in mediation.  I have seen the power mediation has to bring families together even through hardship, betrayal, and divorce.  Mediation empowers families to work through conflict and find a way forward to a more peaceful future. 

Mediation is my choice.  I hope that you choose it too.  

Let me show you how.