A space for the core of conflict to be resolved in a progressive and efficient manner.

Walk away with a plan that you feel good about, resolves most of your concerns, and brings you peace.

Family

-Child Custody

-Divorce 

-Separation

-Paternity

Business

-Employee Conflict

-Business to Business 

-Business to Community

Public

-Real Estate 

-Contractor 

-Construction 

-Landlord/Tenant

Community

-HOA

-Group discussion facilitation

-Shared spaces conflict

-Long term planning

Why Mediation?

Efficiency

5 Rivers Mediation keeps the focus on the future, and on workable solutions.Time spent in typical conflict proceedings can drag on forever. Mediation gets to the heart of conflict and sets the tone for a more collaborative and efficient process led by the parties. Mediation is a fraction of the cost of traditional proceedings, with a majority of cases being settled in a few sessions.

Empowerment and Freedom

The mediator guides the process and the parties jointly resolve their conflicts. Those directly involved get to find creative solutions that meet and fit their needs, as opposed to an external third party.  In this way, mediation is a special process as parties walk away feeling confident and empowered about the decisions they made which effect their lives.

Peace and Harmony

Life's transitions can be hard on their own. Conflict typically affects more than just the parties involved.  Mediation keeps the focus on a peaceful future and the parties' core interests. Because of its efficient and compassionate nature, everyone impacted by the conflict will benefit from lasting peace in mediation.

FAQ

The Answers You Need

WHAT CAN I DO TO PREPARE FOR MEDIATION?

  • Know what your future needs and goals are.

  • Do something to clear your mind and bring you peace leading up to your session. Mentally preparing for your session will make the most out of your time. 

  • Be legally informed (seek an attorney if needed)

WHEN IS MEDIATION A GOOD IDEA?

As soon as the parties have decided to work through their differences and find resolution. Mediation early on can save thousands of dollars by working out the core of what parties would otherwise fight about in costly litigation. It can also reduce any feelings of mistrust often brought on by litigation.

WHAT IF WE CAN'T FULLY RESOLVE OUR CONFLICT?

That's okay. Mediation has many benefits even when the participants don't come to a full agreement. We are able to do something called a "partial-agreement" in which case we would record the things that you worked hard on and were able to resolve. Even with no agreement, after having the space to communicate some of their concerns, parties often benefit from less emotional charge and more mental relief from their dispute.

DO I STILL NEED AN ATTORNEY?

In family law matters, there is always room for attorneys. Many of our clients consult with their own separate attorneys before mediation and before signing proposed agreements. Mediators simply facilitate conversations between the parties and help them come to their own resolutions. A mediator will not give you any legal advice or submit any documents to the court. We always encourage knowing the strengths and weaknesses of your own case and being informed and empowered through various avenues, advocates, and resources.