David and Judy Rodman have assisted businesses, couples, community organizations and individuals in coming to peaceful and workable resolutions to conflicts of all kinds. They form a beautifully balanced and effective team for situations better suited to two mediators, such as divorce and family disputes. They are both Senior Mediators and Mediator Mentors with over 14 years' experience in domestic and community mediation.
What Is Mediation?
Mediation is a way of resolving disputes and conflicts that offers parties the opportunity to create their own agreements. The mediator takes several roles depending on what is needed: coach, organizer of information, referee, administrative aide, promoter, holder of possibilities. The mediator does not give advice or render decisions; rather, the mediator manages the process and assists the parties in communicating effectively and reaching a negotiated agreement. Mediation is being used as the methodology of first resort in situations as diverse as construction disputes, divorces, international conflicts, contract claims, and family squabbles. The purpose of mediation is to resolve disputes in a way that fosters peace rather than war.
In the Congressional Findings preface to the Administrative Dispute
Resolution Act of 1996, The United States Congress found that "alternative
means of dispute resolution have been used in the private sector for
many years and, in appropriate circumstances, have yielded decisions
that are faster, less expensive, and less contentious [and] can lead
to more creative, efficient and sensible outcomes".
When two people decide to separate and move forward in their own ways, the way in which they handle the agreement can have a profound effect on their lives, especially when there are children. We provide mediation services, information, referrals to other resources, and the benefits of our experience of more than a decade of divorce mediation to assist couples in completing the steps necessary for an uncontested divorce. This process is collaborative rather than confrontational, and enables couples to craft their own agreements rather than being ruled by the adversary process, which can be devastating.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Services
Not every case is amenable to mediation. Limitations on time and distance, the disposition of the parties, and other factors can preclude traditional mediation. Soluna offers additional services to address such situations.
Prior to commencing the process, parties may agree, for example, that if they are unable to reach a mutually satisfactory resolution within a specified time, the mediator will then act as arbitrator and render a decision. Parties may agree beforehand that the result of their mediation/arbitration will be final and legally binding. This provides a reasonable alternative to litigation in cases where the amount of money involved is small enough to turn a legal victory into a financial defeat.
Mediation, Contracts, and Courts
Even if a case is already in court, our services can greatly reduce the costs incurred by both parties in the course of litigation. Disagreements over production of documents, schedules and priorities for discovery, and disputes over requests for and answers to interrogatories can all be mediated in many cases, eliminating expensive and time-consuming hearings.
Our Conflict Prevention Services provide an opportunity for parties to a contract or any other agreement to explore and become clear on exactly what their expectations are. A written agreement or formal contract prepared in the context of this process is far more likely to "stick", and less likely to end up in litigation due to misunderstanding or incomplete disclosure.
Please see our list of Frequently
Asked Questions about Mediation.