Attorney Amy Connolly helps families in times of crisis by offering private meditation services. Attorney Connolly's role as a mediator is to facilitate a respectful discussion that will lead to an equitable settlement. Under New Hampshire law, RSA 461-A:7, absent specific circumstances, the Family Court is authorized to order parties to attend mediation in all cases with children. Even in cases not involving children, the Family Court encourages mediation. Mediation is an extremely important process in your family law case. A failed mediation could result in you potentially spending thousands in legal fees and waiting years for a court date. Contact Attorney Connolly today for a free half hour consultation to learn about the mediation process.
WHY RUSSMAN LAW?
Lao Tzu once said “new beginnings are often disguised as painful endings,” Attorney Connolly's goal is to take away some of the pain that the end of a marriage or relationship can bring by offering creative solutions to difficult problems. Attorney Connolly specializes in family law and is Board-Certified in Family Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Attorney Connolly has tried numerous cases and is able to provide you with a neutral case evaluation which explains each person's realistic exposure at trial if the case does not settle. Moreover, Attorney Connolly is a published author on the topic of Collaborative Law, which utilizes “interest-based” negotiations techniques and focuses on a “win-win” solution to the dispute. Attorney Connolly's mediation clients will benefit from her specialized knowledge of family law and experience in both trial work and alternative dispute resolution.
In addition, Russman Law offers the following unique services to its mediation clients:
- Free ½ hour consultation
- Lunch and refreshments during the mediation session
- A quiet, private mediation setting
- Convenient locations with offices in Portsmouth, Manchester and Exeter
- Drafting the necessary Court documents
- Guidance after settlement by connecting you with financial planners, estate planners, relators, co-parent counselors, and other professionals needed to make the divorce process as smooth as possible.
Top Ten Frequently Asked Questions about Mediation
- What is mediation?
Mediation is a process where a third party neutral, the mediator, facilitates a discussion between the parties to assist with the successful resolution of the dispute without the need for court intervention.
- Why is mediation important in cases involving children?
The breakdown of a marriage or relationship does not have to lead to a broken home for children. Parents that mediate their disputes demonstrate a better ability to constructively work through parenting disagreements and can develop better co-parenting skills. Although a child does suffer transitional stress associated with a divorce or separation, the parents can control how much the child suffers. Parents that successfully mediate promote the child's best interest. Also, the parents have total control over the parenting plan versus letting a judge, who is a stranger, decide what parenting plan is in the child's best interest.
- How much does mediation cost?
The cost of mediation depends on the number of sessions needed and the length of the sessions. Russman Law offers mediation services on an hourly rate or flat fee basis. Contact Attorney Connolly today to discuss fees and payment options.
- Do I need a lawyer?
Attorney Connolly will serve as a mediator for people without attorneys (pro se litigants). However, although Attorney Connolly can draft the court documents which reflect the agreement you have mediated, she cannot give you legal advice. Additionally, she cannot advocate for either party because she is completely neutral in the mediation process. If you have questions about law or have a complicated case, it is always wise to seek the advice of an attorney.
- What type of disputes does Attorney Connolly mediate?
Attorney Connolly mediates all family law matters including but not limited to: divorce, legal separation, parenting plans, post-divorce issues, child support, alimony, prenuptial agreements, property settlements (which includes the division of assets and debt)
- How long does the mediation process take?
The length of the mediation depends on the parties' schedules and the number of disputes to be mediated. Some cases mediate in a day and others take several sessions.
- What do I need to prepare for mediation?
In cases where the parties are not represented by counsel, Attorney Connolly will meet with the parties either separately or together, and give detailed lists of information needed prior to mediation to ensure that mediation is as efficient as possible.
- My former spouse and I are very angry with one another is mediation even worth trying?
Yes. In almost all cases involving family disputes, the parties are not getting along well (that is why they are separating). The purpose of mediation is to provide the parties with someone to facilitate a constructive dialogue. In some cases, the parties may be in separate rooms for the entire mediation process. This is totally normal.
- Can Attorney Connolly give me legal advice during mediation?
No. As a mediator, Attorney Connolly cannot give legal advice but will be able to provide referrals of family law attorneys in your area.
- What is the difference between private mediation and the court-appointed mediation?
A court-appointed mediation takes place at the courthouse with a mediator that has undergone the court certification process. The mediator is not always an attorney. The court appointed mediation is typically 5 hours total with 2 hours in the first session and up to 5 hours in the second session. A private mediation is a mediation that takes place outside of the courthouse and usually in the mediator's office.
Private mediation at Russman Law offers flexibility with time, location and duration of the sessions. You can elect to attend private mediation at any point in the litigation and can do this in lieu of the court ordered mediation. Also, in a private mediation you can chose to mediate the dispute prior to filing anything in court and may never have to step into a courthouse!