Frequently Asked Questions
What can you mediate?Adoption – Divorce – Disagreements – Child Custody – Child Support – Domestic Partnerships – Parenting Plans – Parental Visitation – Spousal Support – Property Division – Business Partnerships – Work Place Disputes. We are focused on your business and family – now and in the future!
What's the difference bvetween talking to you or my best friend of family?The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Can you explain divorce mediation?Mediation is a process in which a neutral Mediator helps two or more people come to an agreement together voluntarily. Today, many people use mediation to complete their adoptions, disagreements, divorce, and parenting plan. DIVORCE WITHOUT COURT: In Oregon a divorce is a lawsuit. Nonetheless, in many cases, the mediation process can eliminate the parties need to ever appear in court. NEUTRAL: Mediation is a neutral process. The Mediator does not pick sides or have a bias favor of either party. ANIMOSITY IS OKAY: It is okay if you are not getting along with the other person right now. Ask the Mediator about responsible ways to invite the other person to mediation. TRAINED MEDIATOR: Laura Rosal has a background in mental health services and has been trained in mediation. Specializing in adoption, guardianships, and divorce. HOW IT WORKS: Generally, the mediator facilitates communication and understanding, helps the parties articulate their goals and their true interests, and employs creative problem solving skills to come to a point of resolution. ATTORNEYS: It is okay if you already have a lawyer or if you would like to consult with one.
How much will divorce mediation cost and how long will it take?In the case of a divorce or separation mediation, we usually mediate a plan for anywhere from $750-$3,500, depending on the complexity of the situation. From start to finish, this process generally takes 6-8 weeks for completion.
What agencies are you affiliated with?We work with all individuals and have contracts with Oregon DHS child welfare and Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation. We are affiliated with the Learning Disabilities of America (Oregon branch). We network with many local schools, churches and support groups.
Have you ever worked with high-conflict and child welfare cases?Yes, for the past twenty plus years I have been working with child welfare and high-conflict cases. We don’t work for Child Welfare, but we do work alongside families who are involved with DHS. Are goal is to provide parent education, mediation and coaching services in order to reunify families and provide support during life transitions.
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Why Use a Family Mediator?
If you were to use an attorney, you'd spend over $21,000 per person. That's $42,000!
Our typical cost is around $3,000.
Our program lasts only 8 weeks rather than going through the judicial system which can take up to 2+ years.
Both parties will have an equal voice to help make the best decision for your children, your family and yourself.