Mediation is an informal settlement process conducted by Vanessa as a true neutral. Vanessa serves as a catalyst to engage the parties in an exploration of their respective and shared interests and needs. Vanessa guides parties toward understanding and enhanced perspectives which leads parties to engage in a free and open exchange of ideas to reveal fair, reasonable and sustainable options for resolving any conflict situation.
Vanessa has served since 1992 as a Montana District Court Settlement Master and an Appellate Mediator for the Montana Supreme Court. Settlement conferences are an evaluative process, involving parties and their attorneys. Vanessa has developed a settlement process that merges the facilitative nature of mediation with the evaluative nature of settlement conferences to achieve high settlement success rates with parties otherwise bound for trial. Individual and joint sessions are used to engage the parties and their legal counsel in negotiations with a commitment by the participants to find fair, reasonable and sustainable solutions.
Through mediation, Vanessa guides people through the transition of termination of a marriage partnership. The family benefits from working together to safeguard family relationships and amicably settle disputes that often arise between parties to marriage. The parties are able to develop all agreements necessary to process a legal dissolution of marriage, including property settlement, parenting plan and support agreements. Mediation allows the parties to mitigate the potential harm to the spouses and their children often caused by the legal process of dissolution of marriage. The parties also save time and money, avoiding stress and delays. Vanessa assists the parties in the drafting of all requisite legal documents to complete a divorce in accordance with the laws of Montana.
People who work with Vanessa are committed to protecting their minor children from the harmful nature of an adversarial legal process. Vanessa's clients recognize that children are a most precious resource and deserve parenting plans that are child-focused, providing for the children's best interests. All relevant parenting factors are considered. As children age and mature, parenting plans may require modification. Vanessa assists families with the design and development of formal written parenting plans from birth to college.
Whether an estate has been inherited or the property and assets belong to married parties who are divorcing, individuals to estate conflicts use mediation to fairly establish each party's rights in an estate, including real and personal property. Division of property oftentimes is the financial centerpiece of personal welfare and wealth. Vanessa conducts mediation sessions to enable parties to discover how to make reasonable provisions for the parties and minor children through the division of property. Parties are able to achieve lasting divisions that are equitable, fair and reasonable.
Vanessa is available by appointment to conduct and moderate public and private meetings. As a neutral, Vanessa helps groups discover and define their mission and purpose, and evolving objectives. Vanessa leads meetings with a commitment to focus on principles rather than personalities. Vanessa is also available as a public speaker, key note speaker or as a presenter of select conflict resolution topics (recommend
90-days advance scheduling).
Vanessa is available to provide individual and group coaching sessions for practicing attorneys and other ADR professionals who wish to enhance their mediation skills and develop an independent style. Vanessa welcomes all who wish to learn more about service as a neutral peacemaker and who wish to become more involved in conflict resolution for their clients, communities, families and world.