Is It Right For You?

If the statements below describe you, consider Mediation.
 
“I know that I will be better served in the long run if my spouse and children are also well served. I want my children to be in the centre rather than in the middle.”

“I want to speak and act from my best self, even though sometimes my words and actions seem to come from my worst self.”

“I want my dispute resolution professional to be a wise facilitator and an engaged moral agent rather than a hired gun and an alter ego.”

“I am willing to be in the same room with my spouse and to speak for myself and my own legitimate self-interest with the assistance of one or more professionals.”

“I am open to solutions that will respect both my and my spouse’s needs and interests.”

“I want to make decisions affecting the future of myself and my family from a place of calm, considered wisdom, rather than from a place of anger, humiliation and fear – even though I may be experiencing those hard feelings, now, and may experience them during the process of mediation.”

“If it were possible, I would prefer a deeper resolution rather than a shallow peace.”

“I know that at times things may feel hard and uncomfortable, but I am willing to be with that discomfort and to persevere through the process.”

“I want to act ethically for myself, for my spouse and for the sake of my children.”

“After the dispute is resolved, I want to be able to look back and feel good about the outcome and how I handled myself during the process.”

 
Adapted from the work of Nancy J. Foster of the Northern California Mediation Center in San Rafael, California.

 
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