Because people see things differently

​Mediation

The one thing to agree on when you can't agree on anything else

Mediation provides an opportunity for an impartial, third party (the mediator) to help people who may be seeing things differently, reach a resolution that works for everyone. Mediators are highly trained and assist parties to identify important issues, create possible solutions, and move forward in meaningful and productive ways. Mediation is confidential, voluntary, and informal in its approach, while offering the possibility of a full resolution to court-referred cases. Many Virginia courts offer no-cost mediation for active and appropriate cases in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations and General District courts.    

Mediation can help with all types of decisions and disputes: Custody/Visitation, Divorce, Neighborhood Conflicts, Elder Care Decisions, Parent/Teen issues, Workplace conflict, Church conflict.  

Please call (540) 384-0297 or use the 'Contact Us' section of this site to set up a no-obligation consultation.

What my customers are saying

A mediator was exactly what we needed to be able to come up with a solution.  Eddy was very friendly and informative.  He helped me and the father come up with a stable conclusion to our issues with agreeing on visitation.

Family Mediation Client

He helped this situation a lot. Went from only yelling at one another to more calls and to let us tell each other why this needed to happen.

Father of 2 Children


It went better than expected! Peaceful! You did great! Thank you for being such a great listener! We need more people like you in this world.

Mother of 2 Children


You are great at helping others understand the misunderstood.  Keep up the great work!



Father of 1 Child


Co-Parent Education

Because you love your child more than you dislike the other parent

Co-Parenting is a choice parents make to focus on the needs of their children while parenting from separate homes. Even with the best of circumstances, co-parenting can be difficult due to past hurts, different parenting styles, and adjusting to a new lifestyle. This 4-hour, Court-approved parenting class, "Two Parents, Two Homes" provides participants with knowledge and skills regarding:

  • Keeping children out of parental differences and conflict
  • Understanding parenting responsibilities
  • Specific needs of children during this transition
  • Strategies for reducing and resolving conflict
  • Understanding financial responsibilities
  • Improving communicating with children and the other parent

This parenting class is generally held in Roanoke on the first Wednesday of each month, from 5pm to 9pm.  Registration is $40 per person.  Other class times may be available by inquiring at (540) 384-0297.  This class is approved by the Supreme Court of Virginia and will satisfy the requirement of any court in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  For more information or to register, click the button below.


Due to COVID-19 most classes will be offered online via Zoom which allows for real-time discussion and interaction.  Options for in person attendance may also be availabl.e

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Virginia Code Sections 16.1-278.15 and 20-103, as amended, state that the parties to any petition where a child whose custody, visitation or support is contested shall show proof that they have attended within the 12 months prior to their court appearance or that they shall attend within 45 days thereafter an educational seminar or other like program conducted by a qualified person or organization approved by the court. The court may require the parties to attend such seminar or program in uncontested cases only if the court finds good cause. The seminar or other program shall be a minimum of 4 hours in length and shall address the effects of separation or divorce on children, parenting responsibilities, options for conflict resolution and financial responsibilities. Once a party has completed one educational seminar or other like program, the required completion of additional programs shall be at the court’s discretion. Parties under this section shall include natural or adoptive parents of the child, or any person with a legitimate interest as defined in Section 20-124.1.

The fee charged per party for participation in such program shall be based on the party’s ability to pay; however, no fee in excess of $50 may be charged. Whenever possible, before participating in mediation or alternative dispute resolution to address custody, visitation or support, each party shall have attended the educational seminar or other like program. The court may grant an exemption from attendance of such program for good cause shown or if there is no program reasonably available.

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