All families face critical moments and will make decisions that will impact family members for years to come. We are here to help you have these conversations and find the best way for you and your family to move forward.
Whether you are planning a separation, going through a divorce, or facing co-parenting challenges, our mediators are here to assist. Our Supreme Court certified mediators are experts in helping parties focus on developing lasting agreements while looking to the future, instead of the past.
Mediation is a voluntary, confidential process that is quickly becoming the primary method of resolving disputes. Neutral mediators create a safe environment so that participants can talk freely about what is important to them and make informed decisions. They help identify issues and keep the focus on finding mutually agreeable solutions.
Control: Mediation keeps you and your family in control of your circumstances. The mediation process empowers you to make the decisions that affect your future, as opposed to a court judgment where people are rarely satisfied.
Time: Mediation reduces time spent in court and with attorneys. Mediation is scheduled around your availability with flexible hours to accommodate individual schedules.
Outcome: Agreements reached through mediation last because the people affected by the decisions are the ones making them. When parties reach their own agreement, they avoid impractical solutions which often result from the adversarial process.
Money: It is more cost effective to reach an agreement through the mediation process than through litigation. For example, divorce litigation is a $28 billion-a-year industry with an average cost of about $20,000. Mediation is a speedier, less expensive route to a tailored resolution. Our fees are set on a sliding scale based off of income to ensure that our services are as accessible as possible. See fee schedule
Relationship: The mediation process protects the integrity of those in dispute and establishes a positive working relationship, which is particularly important with cases involving children.
Our family mediators are certified through the Supreme Court of Virginia and have years of experience. For over 25 years, NVMS mediators have facilitated decision-making and communication around issues of:
“I want to thank everyone at NVMS for all your assistance and kindness, and in particular, our mediator… I’m so grateful for her patience and understanding, and for making the process clear, stress-free, and manageable. I’d also like to thank the NVMS Staff for getting back to us so quickly when we initially reached out to NVMS for an appointment. I will highly recommend NVMS to any of my friends or colleagues in need of mediation services.” – NVMS Client
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