[Keeping both parties in the same room] allows each party to realize that they share something that is more important than anything else they might be arguing about – a deep and abiding love for the children they created together.
Noblesville, IN (PRWEB) March 06, 2014
Known for her collaborative approach to mediation that eschews the “conventional wisdom” of separate mediation areas keeping couples apart, family law practitioner Carol Romine recently announced an ambitious expansion of her offices to create a new, homey mediation suite that can accommodate up to six people at a time. A smaller four-person suite is also available so parties and their attorneys can talk in private.
“I’ve never understood the way most mediations are conducted, with the parties in separate rooms,” said Romine of the move. “It makes the whole process unnecessarily adversarial. Unless both parties are absolutely incapable of sitting together in the same room, I want everyone in the room, eyeball to eyeball. I find first of all that it keeps everyone a little more honest and forces attorneys to show their clients how to disagree without being disagreeable. But, more importantly, it allows each party to realize that they share something that is more important than anything else they might be arguing about – a deep and abiding love for the children they created together. ” And the results are impressive. “My mediations conclude in about half the time and the parties frequently leave together instead of with their attorneys.
The new Mediation Suite has been designed for maximum comfort, with lots of space and a large oak table that seats six people in comfy swivel chairs. The smaller mediation suite can be used at the same time for the occasional private consultation or for small mediation exercises.
Romine has been practicing family law since she graduated from Indiana University School of Law in 1996. She then served for seventeen years as associate, partner, and eventually of counsel at the law firm of Holt Fleck & Romine, LLP, in Noblesville, Indiana. In September, 2013, Romine founded Family Law & Mediation Services, LLC, in Fishers, Indiana, and serves Hamilton and surrounding counties.