Mediation is required in the 8th Judicial District before the Parties can proceed to trial. Mediation is a voluntary, non-adversarial process involving a trained, impartial third party. If the Parties can reach an agreement together, without unnecessary Court intervention, the Parties are more likely to follow the agreement because they negotiated and agreed upon the terms. Especially in cases involving minor children, parties will continue to have a relationship with one another, even after the issues pending before the Court have been resolved. Protracted litigation results in escalating expense, both financially and emotionally, further damage to Parties’ relationship with one another, and potential harm to the well-being of minor children involved.
Ms. Claeys has an active mediation practice. In her role as a mediator, Ms. Claeys assists couples in separating their lives through the divorce process and addressing co-parenting issues that arise after the relationship ends. Ms. Claeys recognizes the emotional consequences of the breakdown of relationships in family disputes, which can be a significant obstacle to settlement. As a skilled mediator, Ms. Claeys is able to set an appropriate tone which allows the Parties to feel safe and comfortable, facilitating resolution of difficult and emotionally charged issues through the mediation process.