·MEDIATION·

A collaborative approach to resolving divorce, custody and family related issues.
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Karen E. Davis
Attorney and mediator at George & Davis P.C.
"As a mediator my role is to act as a neutral party to help the clients to work toward resolving their differences and creating a final agreement taking into consideration both parties concerns."

FAQ With your Mediator
1. What training have you taken in the field of mediation?
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Family Law Mediation Training
  • Worcester County Barr Association Conciliation Training
  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediations Workshops in various topics
    2. If you also practice a different profession (attorney, counselor, etc.), how is your role different as a mediator than in that profession?
    — As a mediator my role is to act as a neutral party to help the clients to work toward resolving their differences and creating a final agreement taking into consideration both parties concerns.
      3. What advantages and disadvantages are there to hiring an attorney-mediator vs. a mediator with a financial or mental health background?
      Regardless of background, all mediators will work as a neutral party. As an attorney, I will be able to assist you through the legal arena and help you resolve your issues under the umbrella of the law.
        4. What are the other options besides mediation for us to resolve our case?
        The options in the family law arena would include; mediation, conciliation, uncontested divorce/custody or contested divorce/custody.
          5. What do you think is the most important aspect of mediation?
          The most important aspect of mediation is the parties willingness to work together.
          6. How do you help us meet our goals in mediation?
          Mediation is a very individual process. Goal setting for one couple may be different from another couple. In general, the most important part of meditation is listening to each person's concerns and ensuring both parties have the opportunity to be heard. From there, we will work together to determine what the goals are and how we are going to meet those goals.
          7. If we disagree with each other during the case about the best way to attain or prioritize our goals, how will you handle that disagreement?
          Mediation is more that just setting goals and often involves parties disagreeing with each other. It is the process of mediation that guides the parties to finding resolution to those disagreements. This process varies, but generally involves discussions around why there is a disagreement about an issue and identifying how each parties concerns can be addressed in resolving the issue.

          Overview
          Mediation is a process that involves participation of the parties. The process of separating a partnership with another person is filled with financial considerations, property distributions, child related logistics and a full spectrum of emotions. Mediation offers an arena for the parties maintain control over the outcome of their divorce. Through mediation the parties are able to work out creative solutions to what is often a complicated set of problems. Often the courts are not able to address the unique and complicated issues with as much flexibility as the parties can.

          Karen Davis is a trained neutral and impartial mediator. She will help you navigate through the process of family law issues and work toward resolution involving divorce, child custody, property division, alimony and modification of existing court orders.


          Benefits of Mediation:
          • Parties tend to adhere to their agreements because they are solutions created by the parties rather than forced on them through a court order
          • Helps the parties maintain a working relationship with each other post-divorce
          • Often minimizes future conflicts and litigation
          • Provides flexibility in resolving conflict
          • Insulates children from the conflict associated with litigation
          • Cost of mediation is less than litigation and the parties can share the expenses of hiring any needed professionals


          Pros of Mediation:
          • Maintain control of the outcome
          • The parties control the timeline of the process
          • The parties are able to solve their disputes privately
          • Money is spent on working toward a resolution rather than wasted court time
          • Resolutions can be creative and tailor made to the parties needs


          Cons of Mediation:
          • The parties have to voluntarily participate in the process
          • Some cases are not appropriate for mediation
          • If mediation fails, the parties may still have to go to Court
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