Mediation is a process by which parties in conflict can resolve their differences with the assistance of a neutral person, a mediator. It has a proven record of success. In mediation, parties meet with the mediator and describe the issues as they see them. The mediator clarifies the issues and helps the parties analyze information, communicate fairly, generate creative solutions and reach an agreement which is acceptable to both parties. The written agreement may be reviewed by an attorney before signing. Mediation is not litigation, it is not therapy and no solution is ever imposed by the mediator.
PDRC mediators are the best professionals the area has to offer. They are certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia. They have diverse backgrounds and areas of training and specialization including, law, education, medicine, business and government and have been mediating for years.
A wide range of backgrounds helps to ensure that our mediators are equipped and able to handle the many types of cases that are appropriate for mediation, including:
Residential Real Estate
Warrants in Detinue
Business & Commercial and Neighborhood
Family: Custody, Visitation, Child and Spousal Support
Property Division and Debts
Fees for mediation vary depending on the individual case, but usually range from $20—$300 per hour.
Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center serves as the Mediation-Court Coordinator for the judicial districts of Culpeper, Fauquier, Loudoun, Madison, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania and Stafford Counties. This program allows the General District and Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Courts to refer any appropriate case to a mediation orientation session with mediation being free of cost to the parties. The referral is made directly by a judge, but can be initiated by an attorney or any parties involved. For more information visit the Supreme Court’s Website at http://www.courts.state.va.us.