In contrast to the court system, mediation allows the parties involved to drive the process, setting the agenda, schedule and terms. A skilled mediator, knowledgeable of the law and insightful of the human condition, keeps the parties moving forward and on track. Mediation often requires creative thinking and perspective to understand the obstacles that impede progress, and there’s no substitute for experience when it comes to reaching a mutually acceptable agreement. Mediation provides an alternative way to reach resolution outside the courtroom. When successful, the parties can avoid some of the costs and expenses of protracted litigation and trial. The process entails identifying a neutral third party who will hear the opposing sides and help find common ground for settlement and resolution.
“Mediation empowers the parties because they can deal with the situation on their terms instead of the court’s terms.”
David H. Goldman has been providing mediation services for more than two decades and is experienced in reaching case settlements in a wide range of cases, including civil and domestic suits.
David is a board-certified mediator through the American Academy of ADR Attorneys. In addition, he received earlier mediation training by nationally recognized Alan Alhadeff and the Iowa District Court Mediation Program. He has also received advanced family law mediation training by the Association of Family and Conciliation as well as divorce and custody mediation training by the Mediation Training and Consultation Institute.
David further hones his mediation skills in his active mediation practice and with continual formal training. He has a proven track record of establishing rapport with all sides and reaching settlements. He works diligently and indefatigably with all parties to reach a mutually agreeable resolution.
“Our job as mediators is to usher in an equitable resolution outside of the courtroom. We don’t push people to settle; we work with both sides to create new ways of looking at a problem in order to find a resolution that everyone can be happy with.”
Family Law Mediation
Todd E. Babich is a well-known, respected family law attorney. He has been practicing family law in Iowa for 30 years, performing mediations for the last 18 years. Todd professionally handles the parties’ issues with care because he understands how dissolutions affect everyone differently. He works meticulously with the parties to reach a mutually agreed upon resolution.
When you’re considering a mediator for your personal experience, Todd would be a great asset in helping you come to conclusions that will be beneficial to you and avoid the necessity of going to court.