Mediation/Arbitration is usually undertaken only after the court has appointed me to do so. In some cases it is possible to proceed without a court order by drawing up a contract between participants binding them to follow certain procedures. For each issue raised in Mediation/Arbitration we will attempt to mediate a mutual solution. If it turns out that participants cannot mutually agree, I will collect any additional information I need and arbitrate the final decision. These decisions can be filed with the court and are binding unless a judge changes them.
This is a court-appointed position where I act as the arbitrator between parents who seldom or never communicate with each other directly. I provide the communication between parents so that they can co-parent their children. Each parent keeps me up to date on important matters and, if their views differ or their plans or proposals clash, I look for common ground. I have the authority of the court to make decisions for them when needed which are in the best interests of their children.