Mediation is defined by the Kansas Supreme Court as "the process by which a neutral mediator assists the parties in reaching a mutually acceptable agreement as to issues of a dispute." Mediation differs from litigation mainly because of its non-adversarial, confidential process. It is frequently less expensive and its flexibility allows for agreements to develop outside of regular business hours. Mediation empowers all of the participants to resolve their own problems while taking into consideration the uniqueness of each individual or family member.
Janell Murphey graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology with a Secondary Major of Natural Resource and Environmental Science. She attended the Kansas Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution at Bethel College and has been approved by the Kansas Supreme Court to practice core and domestic mediation in central Kansas. She looks forward to efficiently providing your clients with an affordable option in alternative dispute resolution. Janell is a member of the Heartland Mediators Association and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.
Murphey Mediation provides both civil and domestic mediation services as requested or required by the court system, serving primarily Saline and Ellsworth counties.
Many civil issues that include...
And any domestic issues that may need resolved such as...
Mediation is a private, confidential process. We will guide you through the process while staying neutral and not favor one side or the other.
What is mediation?
Mediation is a voluntary form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) that gives clients the opportunity to find mutually beneficial solutions to legal issues with the help of a neutral mediator.
How long does it take?
The number of mediation sessions needed is dependent on the type of mediation and how much mediation the parties need. Most parties need 3 to 6 sessions which generally last at least an hour.
How does it work?
A neutral person (someone who has not taken sides in the dispute) sits down at a meeting with the disputing parties to help them find a solution that all sides can support. This neutral person, trained in the art of dispute resolution, is called a "mediator." A mediator promotes communication and negotiation between parties. Most people in the midst of a disagreement find that communication becomes easier when a skilled mediator is present to direct the exchanges of information between sides. A mediator does not make the final decision–a mediator is not a judge or arbiter. The solution must be agreed upon by all parties to the dispute.
What is a parenting plan?
A parenting plan is a document prepared by a mother and a father who may no longer be married, or have never been married but have children they care about. This plan is prepared with the assistance of mediators in the best interest of the child(ren). Referrals usually come from the court and the plan may be incorporated into court documents filed by the parents. Each parent has the opportunity to meet with mediators individually as well as joint to draft the best plan for the child(ren).
If mediation is voluntary, how can the court order me to participate?
At its core, mediation is a voluntary process. However, many court systems and individual judges will mandate mediation for a number of reasons. First, mediation is often effective, and can relieve the burden on the court system. It has also been found that when families design their own agreements, they often last longer and work better than those orders handed down by a third-party. If you have been ordered to mediate, we encourage clients to attend the mediation session prepared and to put forth a good-faith effort to reach a resolution. However, you are NOT required to reach a resolution.
Is mediation confidential?
Yes. Mediation is a confidential process, which means that nothing you say during the mediation session can be used against you in future court proceedings and the mediator will not testify about the session in the future. If your mediation was court ordered, the only things that our mediators will share with the court is that you either did or did not mediate with us, and that you did or did not reach an agreement.