Mediation for Spanish Speakers

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Our Mediator

Our mediator, Elvira De la Cruz, not only speaks Spanish, understands Hispanic culture and is very familiar with immigration issues to consider this type of mediation, she is certified by the Virginia Supreme Court to mediate cases referred by the court or Private medications.

Keep in mind that in this country a notary is not necessarily qualified to handle these types of cases, so please ensure the person you accept to assist you with this important process has a state certification. Our mediator has been educated in the field of mediation and has gone through the process of obtaining certification with the Virginia Supreme Court, certification number # 2821.

If you would like to know more about this service, please contact us at 804-728-0048.

Mediation of Custody, Visitation, and Maintenance.

If you and your former partner want to retain control of custody, visitation, and child support decisions, you need an experienced mediator to facilitate conversations about these complex issues. We can create a comfortable and less stressful environment in which you and your former partner can focus on what is most important: your children and your well-being.

The mediator acts as an impartial facilitator, not as a lawyer, judge, jury, counselor, or therapist. The mediator will help the parties to identify problems, reduce communication barriers, explore alternatives, and help the parties reach voluntary agreements on how to make decisions about their children, such as appropriate visits and support amounts. And at the end of this process the agreements taken will be expressed in a written agreement to which the parties commit.

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a method of conflict resolution in which the parties acquire all the protagonism and decide with the help of a mediator trained to do this, freely and responsibly, what exit they want to give to what happens to them. For many immigrants to go to court and request that a judge find out about their lives to make a decision on custody, visitation and support is intimidating either by our immigration status, because we do not know the system or the language barrier or other Reason going to court is simply stressful and mediation is an option that more and more immigrants are using.

Mediation is VOLUNTARY, CONFIDENTIAL, and based on DIALOGUE.

The mediator or mediators (because there may be two in some cases) conduct the process from a level of equality and neutrality with respect to the parties: neither decide nor impose the solution. Through certain techniques they enable the parties to reestablish deteriorated communication, positivize and work on what happens to them, take responsibility for it and adopt satisfactory agreements for both.