Joy specializes in all manners of family mediation, including divorce, prenuptial, custody and visitation, post divorce issues, adult sibling, elder and probate mediation.
Elder mediation is designed to help families make decisions about the care of an aging parent. Elder care mediation is a good option when family caregivers feel burnt out or left out, when someone is thinking about starting a guardianship proceeding, or when adult children are concerned about a parent’s ability to continue living alone. We can work with your family to communicate more effectively, to work together as a team, and to make better-informed decisions relating to your parent. Our mediators are sensitive to the needs of elders and their families and are specifically trained in elder mediation.
Mediation most often takes place with an elderly parent, and we do all we can to accommodate her or his needs in order to allow full participation in the process. It can also be a conversation among adult siblings (without the parent present) for issues relating to the parent’s aging. Because these are often multi-person meetings, we use a two-mediator model. Give us a call to find out more.
Unmarried parents often turn to mediation to create a parenting plan for their children. Mediation provides a model for parents who wish to learn to make decisions together while keeping children out of the middle. It is particularly important and useful for people with very young children, since they will have to work side by side as parents for many years. We have extensive experience mediating custody and visitation cases, both privately and as court-appointed law guardians in Family Court proceedings. We can work with you and your ex to create a parenting plan and a constructive way to resolve problems together in the future.
Families across the country are increasingly turning to probate mediation to solve problems relating to inheritance. The mediation takes place among family members after a loved one dies, particularly when there are differing expectations about inheriting. This may be among children and grandchildren, or between children and a step-parent. We work with the whole family to identify priorities, to help participants listen to each other, and to make decisions together about how to move forward.