Divorce doesn't have to destroy you and your family emotionally, financially or legally; with mediation, it won't. With the help of a neutral mediator, you and your spouse will work through the issues and develop a mutually agreeable resolution — a divorce agreement that is best for everyone. After all, you and your spouse know better than anyone what is best for your family and your future.
During childhood siblings often disagreed, but mom or dad were always there to mediate and help them work it out. Fast forward 30+ years; the disagreement is over the right care, service or end of life decision for Mom or Dad. Just like during childhood, a neutral 3rd person can help you resolve the conflict and come up with a mutually agreeable solution.
Laurie Giles, the author of What Now? Divorce Planning and What Now? Elder Planning has served as a Connecticut Superior Court Family Special Master for nearly two decades. Laurie is a highly trained mediator with a certificate in Family Mediation from Syracuse University. Attorney Giles is one of the only Connecticut mediators to have specific training in family financial matters. A nationally recognized expert in elder mediation, her research "keeping Family Ties Tied; how mediation can help resolve the family conflict in elder planning" was selected and presented at America Association of Law Schools Dispute Resolution conference.
What is our hourly billable rate? We don’t have one! We believe that the value of the service we provide should outweigh the fee charged. At the Law Office of Laurie Giles, we let you choose the spend based on what makes sense for your budget.
How long does the mediation process take?
It is difficult to predetermine how long the process will take. It is wholly dependent on how flexible and reasonable the parties are and the number and complexity of the issues to be resolved.
Can my spouse and I switch to mediation even if we have already filed for divorce using attorneys?
Yes, and by doing so, you will reduce the animosity between the two of you. And importantly, save time and money.
My siblings lives out of state, can we still use elder mediation?
Yes. We offer virtual mediation, and full and half day mediation to accommodate visiting schedules.
Are the mediation sessions confidential?
Yes, all discussions are completely confidential. What happens in mediation stays in mediation.