Custody and divorce situations often get messy. And research shows that the way we make these life-changing transitions has the most long-term impact on partners and children. Advoz is a community organization founded to help you talk through such a challenging time with the best possible outcome for all—including children—in a supportive session led by trained mediators.
If you want to work through this difficult time with more control and lower cost than resorting to the court system, contact us at (717) 397-2404 or click here.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process in which impartial mediators sit down with everyone involved, discuss the issues and help you determine a mutually acceptable agreement.
- Increases communication and generally reduces harm to affected relationships.
- You find your own solution and create your own agreement, not a judge.
- Typically, much less expensive than resorting to a court process.
- Faster than a court proceeding.
How does it work?
- Start by contacting Advoz at (717) 397-2404 or click here.
- The Advoz office calls all involved, and assigns two mediators to your case.
- Mediators discuss the situation with each person in a 1-hour pre-mediation session.
- If all agree, a 2-hour joint mediation session is scheduled. Disputants’ lawyers may be present, if all parties agree. Generally, attorneys are not necessary for a successful mediation.
- Agreements made written in the mediation session and shared with all parties.
- One session may be sufficient for a custody agreement; multiple sessions are often required for a divorce mediation process which includes a checklist and drafted memorandum of understanding submitted to the court.
Each step of mediation is voluntary, guided by professionally trained neutral mediators who listen to your specific concerns. Contact Advoz for fees, which vary based on the number of sessions required; financial assistance may also be available.
Click here to request services or call us at (717) 397-2404 between 9 am – 4 pm, Monday-Friday.
Advoz does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or age. Advoz does not retaliate against persons who file a complaint about discrimination or participate in a discrimination proceeding.