EXPERTISE IN MEDIATING DISPUTES

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Helping couples resolve their divorce and other family matters outside of court.

EXPERTISE IN MEDIATING DISPUTES

Helping couples resolve their divorce and other family matters outside of court.

Lawyers who have extensive knowledge of the complexities and nuances of domestic relations cases want to retain mediators and arbitrators who do as well. Judge Prestley (Ret.) has decades of respected service as a Domestic Relations judge. She strives to provide excellent ADR services drawing on her considerable expertise in all facets of mediating and adjudicating divorce and family law matters.

Lawyers who have extensive knowledge of the complexities and nuances of domestic relations cases want to retain mediators and arbitrators who do as well. Judge Prestley (Ret.) has decades of respected service as a Domestic Relations judge. She strives to provide excellent ADR services drawing on her considerable expertise in all facets of mediating and adjudicating divorce and family law matters.

Expertise Makes all the Difference

(ret) JUDGE LINDA PRESTLEY - J.D. , Ed.M.

What is mediation?

Mediation is a confidential and voluntary process where a neutral third party meets with participants in an attempt to negotiate a resolution of issues. The process is a faster way to resolve disputes and in most cases is less costly than going to court. It is a tried and true way to bring parties together toward a mutually beneficial solution.

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"I always found her to be knowledgeable of the law and thoughtful and considerate of the parties and counsel."

I always found her to be knowledgeable of the law and thoughtful and considerate of the parties and counsel.

defendant's counsel
Family Law mediation

defendant's counsel
Family Law mediation

"Her experience and knowledge of family law is extensive and her ability to assist in resolving issues (whether through pretrial meetings or decisions following a hearing) was most valuable."

Her experience and knowledge of family law is extensive and her ability to assist in resolving issues (whether through pretrial meetings or decisions following a hearing) was most valuable.

plaintiff's counsel
Child Custody mediation

plaintiff's counsel
Child Custody mediation

"Judge Prestley has a wealth of experience from her time on the bench, a depth of understanding of family law, and a deeply ingrained desire to help families and protect children."

Judge Prestley has a wealth of experience from her time on the bench, a depth of understanding of family law, and a deeply ingrained desire to help families and protect children.

plaintiff's counsel
family law mediation

plaintiff's counsel
family law mediation

 I always found her to be knowledgeable of the law and thoughtful and considerate of the parties and counsel.

- defendant's counsel
Family Law mediation

Her experience and knowledge of family law is extensive and her ability to assist in resolving issues (whether through pretrial meetings or decisions following a hearing) was most valuable.

- plaintiff's counsel
Child Custody mediation

Judge Prestley has a wealth of experience from her time on the bench, a depth of understanding of family law, and a deeply ingrained desire to help families and protect children.

- plaintiff's counsel
family law mediation

How long does mediation take?

That depends on the complexity or simplicity of your case and how quickly you are able to reach agreement on each issue. The typical mediation takes anywhere between 6-12 hours in 2-3 hour increments. With attorneys, mediation can be resolved in one full day. Remember, you control the timeline. 

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ARE THE BENEFITS FROM Family / DIVORCE MEDIATION?

There are many. In no particular order: it’s quicker; it can be less expensive; it allows the parties to control the outcome, not the lawyers and judges; it allows parties the opportunity to put the swords and shields down at least for a period to see if there is a mutually acceptable path that is available and arrived at utilizing the input and views of the parties themselves. I could go on and on, but I think in this day and age, mediation is the way to go.

WHEN AND WHERE ARE YOU AVAILABLE TO PROVIDE SERVICES?

Judge Prestley provides remote services as well as in person mediation. For a free 30 minute consultation, she can be reached at:

WHAT HAPPENS DURING MEDIATION?

After an initial consultation, mediation dates will be scheduled in 2 hour increments or, in some cases, an entire day.

During those sessions, I will facilitate a discussion after which you will reach agreement on each issue. At times, we will break into caucus sessions to meet individually.

At the end of the mediation, your agreement will be written up in the form of a “term sheet” or “memorandum of understanding.” In the case of a divorce, a separation agreement will be prepared from those documents by an attorney. That document along with required forms will be signed, notarized if necessary and filed in the appropriate court.

Contact Gillian at Rich Rochlin Law
(860) 801- 8990

Rich Rochlin Law Group
12 N. Main St.
Suite 102
West Hartford, Ct. 06107
(860) 357-5003