We offer individual divorce, separation, post-disslution, and coparent coaching in person or via phone, Skype, Facetime, and Zoom. Coaching provides cost-effective and tailored practical and emotional support to individuals (e.g., spouses, parents, stepparents, and grandparents) who are involved in or affected by family law (and other) matters. We have experience mediating a variety of civil and domestic matters with a focus on family law, and in particular helping couples create and implement parenting plans that suit the unique needs of their family. In any given matter, there may or may not be a legal proceeding pending. Inquiries about your unique matter are most welcome.
Are coaching and mediation sessions confidential?
Yes. The purpose of confidential coaching and mediation sessions alike is to provide a safe space for free-flowing, sometimes out-of-the-box, open, interest-centered, and solution-based discussion.
Who may come to the coaching or mediation session?
In a coaching session, it is most often private, but others can be included by request.
In a mediation session, often it is only the parties and the mediator. The parties present in a session should have full authority to settle the matter. Additionally, anyone that both parties and the mediator agree in advance may attend.
Can attorneys attend mediation sessions?
If attorneys have been retained, they may (but are not required to) attend the mediation session. Mediators work directly with the disputing parties who should be prepared to explain in their own words the nature of the dispute. Parties should also be ready, with the help of the mediator, to work through various stages in a structured and guided resolution process. In a mediation session, attorneys do not advocate for their clients or act as their spokesperson. Attorneys may advise their clients, clarify legal issues, and help with crafting any agreements.
What should I bring to a coaching or mediation session?
It is not necessary to bring anything, but clients may bring any documents or materials that they feel would be helpful in communicating issues and concerns. We can assist in determining what may be useful. Feel free to ask.
Mediation is a confidential process and not a formal legal proceeding, so other than a settlement agreement that may be signed following a successful session, documents created during mediation are confidential.
Where do coaching sessions take place?
Coaching sessions take place in mutually agreeable and neutral settings such as at a kitchen table or in an annex room at a local church. Sessions may also take place via FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, and other virtual meeting places. Contact Cheri to discuss preferences and available options.
Where will the mediation session take place?
To keep costs down and to provide a less formal and stressful environment, mediations take place in mutually agreeable and neutral settings such as at a kitchen table or in an annex room at a local church. Mediations can also take place in an attorney’s or other professional’s office or conference room. Contact Cheri to discuss preferences and available options.
How long is a typical coaching or mediation session?
A mediation session can last anywhere from two hours to a full day, depending on the case. Parties to a mediation session commit to a minimum of two hours for the first session. All participants attend the full session, although there are typically several breaks and opportunities for private meetings with the mediator and/or with counsel. Mediated matters may be resolved in one meeting, but subsequent sessions can be scheduled by mutual agreement at the close of each session.
Are mediation agreements legally binding?
If the parties reach an agreement that they would like memorialized in writing at the mediation session, it may include a written statement that the agreement is binding and/or admissible in any current or subsequent civil or family-law proceeding. Cheri Wood does not provide legal advice or counsel.
Can I talk to the mediator privately about my concerns?
During the course of the mediation, the mediator may meet with each of the parties separately in a private meeting (formally referred to as a caucus). These private meetings may occur before the mediation begins, to help the parties prepare for the mediation. Private meetings may take place during the course of a mediation session for a variety of purposes including providing coaching, gaining clarification, and exploring solutions.
What is the cost of each coaching session?
Coaching can be purchased in individual sessions or packages. Please ask Cheri Wood about fees. Credit cards are accepted.
How much does it cost and who pays for the mediation sessions?
The cost of mediation depends upon the type of case and how it is referred. Parties usually split the fees unless other arrangements have been made. Please contact Cheri Wood to ask about fees and payment in your matter. Credit cards are accepted.