Serena M. Hayes, JD
WHY CHOOSE MEDIATION?
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:
- Explain the process;
- Listen and gather information without judgment;
- Identify topics that might be included in your plan;
- Brainstorm solutions; and
- 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.