Achieving a Settlement

Conflict can be financially and emotionally devastating.

Business disputes can disrupt your livelihood, destroy partnerships and damage your reputation. Personal breakups can split families, dissolve friendships and wreak financial havoc.

When you feel wronged, your first inclination is to file a lawsuit. You want to protect your rights and property, and ask judges or juries to make someone pay for your pain and suffering.

While a court’s decision might be necessary sometimes, there is an alternative solution that resolves issues more quickly and is affordable.

We provide Mediation services that bring everyone together for a better outcome. Partner Jim Admire is a Registered Domestic Relations Mediator and has helped hundreds of families and businesses find points of agreement and compromise.

Mediation resolves disputes outside of the courtroom in cases such as divorce, child custody and contract disputes. 


Civil Mediation/Arbitration

Civil Mediation and Arbitration are both called Alternative Dispute Resolution.

In laymen's terms, Mediation and Arbitration mean resolving legal disputes without involving a judge or jury and avoiding excessive legal expenses.

The rising cost of litigation is making traditional lawsuits impractical. At the same time, civil courts face backlogged dockets, resulting in delays of a year or more to have cases heard by a jury.

Alternative Dispute Resolution processes are now being used to save time and money for everyone involved.

Schafstall & Admire provides Mediation Services. Unlike Arbitration, Mediation does not involve an adversarial hearing, and there is no decision-making official present.

Our goal is to bring together the parties and serve as a neutral facilitator. Our job is to help the parties reach a voluntary settlement of the case.

Domestic/Family Mediation

Families involved in divorce or child custody cases struggle with doing the right thing. They want to protect their interests, but they also want to avoid the emotional trauma of having children or other family members testify before a judge or jury.

Mediation often is an excellent option when facing difficult family disputes.

This process requires everyone to work in good faith toward a mutually agreeable resolution. In Mediation, you are not bound to the opinions of a Mediator. However, if you reach a compromise, everyone involved signs a Settlement Agreement Contract that is filed in court and is enforced under the terms.

Our Domestic/Family Mediation services include (but are not limited to):

  • Joint custody arrangements
  • Parenting time
  • Relocation issues
  • Property settlement
  • Spousal support
  • Child support
  • Custody
  • Adoption
  • Parental rights
  • Grandparent rights

While Mediation is a more collaborative approach to settling disputes, sometimes opposing sides in a legal case agree to Arbitration (Resolution).

While Mediation works toward a mutually agreeable resolution, Arbitration operates much like a case before a judge.

In this process, a neutral party (Arbitrator) listens to all sides of a dispute and renders a decision in favor of one over the other. This decision may be either binding or non-binding, depending on the terms of the arbitration agreement. Often, judges in lawsuits accept the decision of an Arbitrator.

We offer Arbitration services that include (but are not limited to):

  • Real estate disputes
  • Personal lawsuits (family matters)
  • Consumer complaints

What to Expect in Mediation

Mediation often is a preferred way to settle disputes without an expensive and time-consuming judge or jury trial. When both sides of a dispute are considering this option, they usually have these questions.


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