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Looking for a better way to resolve a dispute?

Richmond Mediation Attorney

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a confidential, voluntary process in which a neutral mediator helps the parties reach a mutually agreeable resolution to their dispute. Elizabeth Smyers is a certified mediator through the Virginia Supreme Court. She offers mediation services to help you resolve your issues quickly by ending the conflict in a way that preserves the dignity of both parties. We will help you focus on what is most important, your future and the future of your children. 


Our Mediation Services

The Smyers Law Firm offers mediation services for any family related dispute including:


  • Child Custody

  • Child Visitation

  • Child Support

  • Divorce


Benefits of Mediation

Mediation offers a variety of benefits as a way to resolve disputes. While results are not guaranteed, mediation generally delivers the following benefits:

Costs Less 

Mediation often costs less because you do not have to pay an attorney to prepare for litigation and appear in countless court proceedings. Instead of both parties paying for attorney fees, the parties can split the cost of a mediator.


Saves Time

Mediation saves the parties a significant amount of time because an agreement can be reached in a few hours or a couple of sessions over a few weeks. It could take months or even years to get a resolution in a contested custody/visitation/support case.


You Are In Control

Mediation allows the parties to decide the outcome and not have to settle for what the judge decides. The parties come to an agreement about the custody and visitation arrangements and are not forced to accept the court’s arrangement.


Custom Solutions

Mediation encourages creative solutions that fit the parties’ unique situation. Every situation is different and mediation allow the parties to agree to a custody and visitation agreement that fits their schedules and needs.


Avoid Going To Court

Mediation is informal and less intimidating than going to court. The mediation typically takes place in a conference room and only involves the parties, mediator, and possibly the parties’ attorneys and guardian ad litem.

Contact Our Richmond Mediation Attorney

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