Frequently Asked Questions

Who are AMCN clients?

Our clients come from all walks of life, cultures, educational backgrounds, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds, and occupations. Typically our clients are people seeking assistance with family, employment, or divorce issues. They are sometimes self-referred or referred by lawyers, physicians, clergy, accountants, and other professionals.

How long does mediation take?

Depending upon the number and complexity of the problems or issues adressed and the cooperation of all parties involved, agreements may be reached in  4-10 hours. 

Do I need an attorney?

Clients come to us both pre- and post- initiating legal action. However, an attorney is not necessary while you are engaged in the mediation process. We will always refer you to counsel when there are legal questions that may arise during negotiations. When legal documentation is necessary, we provide that for you at a fee. Mediation is less expensive than a lawyer.

Who participates in the mediation process?

We suggest that all "stakeholders" in the outcome of the process participate in order to reach a full and complete understanding of the problems, conflicts, or issues. The decision is made during the sessions by agreement with the parties an mediator. Children are not typically involved in the mediation, however their issues and needs are thoroughly addressed during mediation.

What is the final outcome?

Upon reaching agreement on the issues, a written "Memorandum of Agreement" is prepared by the mediator. It is reviewed, finalize, and signed by the parties. No agreement is binding until signed and executed by all of the participants.

Do you offer a free consultation?

Yes, we offer a free 20 minute consultation in person, telephone, or Skype. This gives you and AMCN group an opportunity to determine if mediation is right for you and if we are a good match.