I was certified for both general and family mediation in Virginia in 2004. I have also been qualified as a Mediator Mentor in Virginia and mentored dozens of mediators working on their qualifications. I mediated for the BBB in Norfolk and in the general district court in Chesapeake, Virginia regularly before I began law school in 2005. I was honored as Mediator Rookie of the Year at the Virginia Conflict Resolution Center in Norfolk in 2004.
Fees vary widely depending on the nature of the dispute, but are all hourly arrangements. My firm requires a retainer deposit in advance to begin work and refunds any unearned portion when an agreement is written or when the clients desire to cease the mediation process. I only believe in the facilitative approach to mediation. I believe that any other approach is actually not mediation. Facilitative mediators do not make decisions for the clients/disputants, do not evaluate their proposals, and do not even push for final resolution. The purpose of mediation is not resolution necessarily; even that decision is up to the clients.