Mediation of Family Law Matters is something we love to do! A skilled mediator needs to have knowledge of what happens in the Courts, but also what works for families. After 25 years in family law, our Mediator has great insight which will help provide suggestions to the Parties on solutions to their parenting plan roadblocks. Our mediator is trained in both Traditional and Transformative Mediation.
Ms. Doxsee has real life experience of her own as she has been through divorce and step-parent issues so she can relate to the issues which the Parties are facing. The best part about Mediation is that you have the opportunity to find your own solutions to your legal matters and are not at the mercy of the Court and their somewhat cookie cutter resolution of your case. We can think outside the box and find what works for you and your family.
We specialize on Maintenance Issues, creative Division of Assets and Debts including possible bankruptcy of one or both Parties, and High Conflict Parenting cases. If you have been the victim of domestic violence, we will make sure you feel safe while you are in our office. We have room to "shuttle" (this means having the Parties in different rooms and the Mediator going back and forth) if you do not feel comfortable being in the same room. We also can do a Skype or Facetime if a Party is out of the area. Mediation can include attorneys; however, if one attorney attends then they both need to attend.
What is Transformative Mediation and how is it different from Traditional Mediation?
The main difference is that with Transformative Mediation, the Mediator will meet with each Party individually prior to the joint session. If the Parties are far apart on their expectations of settlement or if there is a lot of conflict between the Parties, individual session are great to help set the Parties up for success in a joint session. Sometimes it helps to find out the roadblocks, landmines, talk about emotions that are blocking settlement, and other things that a Party wants the Mediator to know, but won't feel comfortable revealing in front of the other Party. If the Parties cannot communicate without yelling on a consistent basis, having the extra step of individual sessions can help the Mediator know how to structure the joint session and where the Parties need to focus before they can even trust each other enough to talk about an agreement. Our Mediator has been studying High Conflict People and techniques to deal with this unique part of family law cases. There are ways to handle High Conflict People and we are as well prepared as possible to help navigate a difficult session. When we have Parents who communicate well and know what they want, it is a joy to participate in these sessions as well. If the Parties do come up with an agreement and do not have an attorney, we do provide settlement drafting services. The Parties are then welcome to hire an attorney with Limited Scope Representation to review the document and provide them with legal advice on if it is in the Party's best interest to sign and submit to the Court.
What does mediation cost?
Mediation is billed on an hourly basis. The first session for a traditional mediation is booked for two hours. Each Party will pre-pay for 1/2 of the cost of the initial session If they want to run a bit longer or they want to book another session, we can add in additional time. For Transformative mediation, the individual sessions are one hour. Each Party pre-pays for their individual session and then a two hour session is scheduled. The Parties will split the cost of the session. We are affiliated with the MARCH and OFFICE OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION programs which offer payment or assistance of your mediation costs. If you have been approved for payment of your mediation costs, please let us know.
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Why Choose Us?
Law in Kansas City provides experience and value to our clients. Having been in family law for 25 years and having gone through divorce and step-parent issues, our Mediator is prepared to help Parties tackle the emotions of coming up with a settlement and the practical obstacles to finding solutions. You will have access to our Facebook Group, our Members Area, and other FREE resources. Plus, we do give discounts to our former clients for other legal services we provide. Our staff will provide you with a friendly experience with our firm. We understand that this is not an easy process for you and we will do all we can to make you feel comfortable and treat you with respect. Hopefully, we can help the Parties find a solution to their legal issues.