I was a trial lawyer for nearly 20 years, and have handled many cases involving diverse and complex areas of law since embarking on my legal career in 1997. The last several years of my practice were devoted almost exclusively to marital and family law, with most of those cases involving divorce. While I enjoyed this work immensely and was privileged to help many individuals with their transition to a new phase of life, I became disillusioned with a world that revolved around the billable hour, even though this is the standard arrangement when retaining a family law attorney. I also grew to dread seeing the venomous behavior that traditional, attorney-driven adversarial divorces would often bring out in the best of people, despite the skill, experience and best intentions of the lawyers. I longed for a different option for my clients that would provide a healthier and more affordable solution.
In establishing Healthy Family Mediation Center, I have made it my mission to provide a path that allows individuals to take control of their own destiny and achieve a certain outcome in a timely manner, rather than rolling the dice and tossing such decisions into the hands of a judge who is a stranger to the family and who rules based on a mere snapshot of the circumstances. A path that allows parties to hammer out their differences with complete confidentiality, rather than fighting their battles in the courts in plain view of the public, creating a permanent record along the way for anybody to see.
A path that is convenient, permitting the parties to resolve their divorce, paternity or other family law matter on their own schedules in a comfortable, casual and informal setting, without being told by the court or their lawyers when and where to be, and without facing the negative energy and stress that is palpable in the formal setting of a courtroom. Finally, I offer these things in an affordable flat-fee package, so that individuals can maintain control over the costs of the process and feel confident that they will not be billed for every single telephone call, email or revision to a document in the unpredictable manner that typically goes with the territory in the traditional hourly billing model.