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Strong, No Nonsense, Certified Arkansas Mediators

Helping to resolve legal disputes out of court
Mediation is a legal process that provides an alternative to court for resolving disputes. A mediator works to control the conversation and helps both parties make informed decisions.

“A lot of courts will require mediation before hearing a case.”

The parties in dispute work at the same table, or at least in the same building, with the assistance of a third party neutral (the mediator), to craft a personalized resolution to their issues.

There are many advantages to using a Mediator:

  • Save money – less expensive than hiring a trial lawyer
  • Quicker resolution than going to court
  • Less formal than a courtroom
  • Open communication and no civil procedure limitations
  • The involved parties are active in making the resolution

These services are distinct and, as mediators, we cannot offer legal advice pursuant to law. We can, however, discuss what ideas might work for you and your family rather than get tangled up in a sometimes black and white system and “rubber stamp” policies.

Mediation gives you control over the process and can often provide faster, custom-tailored and more satisfying results than going to trial. Further, it is, more often than not, less expensive.

Effective decision making
Communication is key in resolving any kind of issues, legal or otherwise. Oftentimes communication between parties has completely stopped or worse. Communication between 2 clients and 2 lawyers can be a nightmare. Effective decision making involves making yourself familiar with your issues and then coming together with a mediator to identify those issues and problem solve to resolve those issues.

Resolving family law disputes
The advantages to family law mediation include:

  • You and your spouse or child’s parent decide on issues involved, including:
    • Distribution of property
    • Spousal maintenance
    • Post-divorce parenting
    • Custody
    • Visitation
  • Costs less than divorce litigation and takes less time
  • The relationship of the divorcing couple may be less strained after mediation than after divorce litigation
  • You have the power to agree to the terms

Preserving relationships
In many cases, both parties are best served when they establish a cordial relationship, especially when children are involved. Through the structured process of mediation, you can set aside hostility and agree on common interests (i.e. we both want our children happy, we both want to walk away as financially secure as possible) and then discuss how to reach an agreement that keeps those common interests in mind.

Mediation can be a highly effective tool for you to preserve the stability and well-being of family relationships during the turbulent process of litigation or prior to filing a lawsuit. The predictability of mediation reduces the stress of legal conflicts and puts important decisions in your hands, rather than in the court’s power.

Contact a Certified Northwest Arkansas Mediator to help you resolve your disputes
At Canova Law Firm & Mediation Services, we have skilled and certified mediators who help parties in conflict steer their way to a resolution and avoid a nasty trial.

Our mediators have successfully resolved numerous disputes for over a decade. Our mediators are certified by the Arkansas Dispute Resolution Commission, and our team has assisted the Commission in designing continuing education programs and presenting these studies to fellow mediators.

For assistance with mediation, call Canova Law Firm & Mediation Services at 479-316-4487 or contact our firm online to schedule a free initial 45 minute consultation.  It is preferable that all parties to the dispute attend the consultation. Please visit our resources page for forms that will be helpful for a successful consultation.

Awards
Testimonials
  • "Kimberly made the experience of mediation much more comfortable than I had ever anticipated. I felt complete at ease being honest and speaking freely about all my concerns. She was very hepful in walking me through one of the most stressful parts of my life and I'm very thankful to her for her services." - A mediation client from September 2015

  • "Mediation with Kimberly was smooth. " - A mediation client from September 2015

  • "I recently mediated a domestic relations case with Kimberly Canova and Adell Ralston. I have utilized mediation in several of my cases over the years; however, this was my first experience with co-mediators. I found utilizing co-mediators to be very worthwhile. It saved time, was cost effective, and made my client more at ease. Often times in mediation, as was the case in this matter, the mediator opts to caucus the parties. In doing so, many times my client and I are left waiting on the mediator for hours to come back with information from the other side. With the two mediators, we were able to keep the dialogue going and brainstorm throughout the time we were there, which I felt assisted us in coming to an agreement in a more timely manner. I also believe my client felt “heard” the entire mediation, which made her feel she got more from the experience and her money was well spent. " - M. Kemper, Attorney at Law

Reviews and Ratings
  • lawyers
    5.0/5.0

    Kimberly is very professional and knows what she's doing! Our mediation involved my grand daughter and she was excellent in making sure what was best for her, We highly recommend her to anyone in need of mediation,

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  • lawyers
    5.0/5.0

    Very helpful and knowledgeable about family law. I would highly recommend her services.

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    Client

  • lawyers
    5.0/5.0

    She is a great lawyer, she takes charge and gets things done. She helped put me at ease with my situation and her confidence helped me have confidence in myself during this time. She listens and is very attentive.

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    Client

  • lawyers
    5.0/5.0

    Ms. Canova was my lawyer through my divorce and child custody battle. She is the main reason I was able to continue to have a relationship with my children and received joint custody. I had a very nasty divorce and her insight and legal knowledge h...

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    Client

  • lawyers
    5.0/5.0

    Kim's years of experience shine through. I felt well advocated for. The interests of our child and the family were taken care of with competence and professionalism.

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    Client

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