Mediation and you

How do our family mediation services might apply to your current situation?


Whatever the nature of your current family conflict or dispute, whether it is  before, during or after separation or divorce, or is about extended family or  teen-parent conflict, it might be de-escalated and resolved through mediation.

During the mediation sessions, we will create a safe, creative and positive environment to help you separate anger, frustration, resentment, and other negative feelings from your negotiations and provide powerful tools to assist you in building the best possible resolution to your dispute,

Our approach of facilitative mediation allows to include the needs and interests of parties in conflict.

Through mediation we can assist you in improving co-parenting efforts to minimize the effects of divorce on the children.

Our fees include a flexible scale, making mediation accessible to all.

We have a bilingual team that can serve Spanish speaking couples or family members without the need of translators.

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Superior Court approved Family Mediator

Skagit Mediation is a Court approved Family Mediator in Skagit, Island and San Juan Counties.

 (f) Mandatory Mediation

  1. Requirement for mandatory mediation. In all cases specified in SPR 94.04(a)  with unresolved issues, both parties all in good faith engage in mediation with a court-approved mediator in an effort to resolve the case, unless waived as set forth herein.  Mediation shall be completed at least 60 days prior to the scheduled trial date.
  2. Waiver of Mandatory Mediation.  Mediation shall not be required in the following cases:  
    1. Good Cause.  For good cause shown upon motion and approval by the court, or
    2. Restraining or protection order.
    3. No contact order
    4. Domestic Abuse
    5. Order to require mediation.
  3. Settlement conference after mandatory mediation. If, after mediation in good faith or where mediation is not required there remain unresolved issues in any case specified by in SPR 94.04(a), the parties may participate in a settlement conference pursuant to LCR 16(d).
  4. Effect on Court Proceedings.
  5. Cost of Mediation. Mediators shall be paid by the parties in accordance with the agreement of the parties, or in the absence of agreement, as determined in mediation. 
  6. Responsibility for Compliance. The party shall be responsible for arranging for and completing all mediation requirements established under this rule. 
  7. Failure to comply with Mandatory Mediation.  Willful refusal to participate in mediation or willful delay in completing mediation may result in a finding of contempt and imposition of sanctions.
  8. Approval of mediators. Mediators performing mediation services pursuant to this row must fulfill certain qualifications established by the court.  The court administrator shall maintain a list of such minimum qualifications for distribution to the public. In order to fulfill the mediation requirements of this rules, the parties must use the services of a court-approved mediator.  The court administrator shall maintain a list of approved mediators, either persons or agencies, for distribution to the public. The list shall contain the following information each mediators name organization if any address and telephone number and fee schedule.
  9. Selection of Mediator, Right of Mediator to Decline.  The parties met either agreed to a mediator from the court-approved list or the mediator will be determined by use of a strike list. A mediator has the right to decline to serve in a particular case. He declines to serve, the party shop select a different mediator using the same selection process by which the preceding mediator was selected.
  10. Authority of Mediator. The mediator has the authority to determine the time, place, manner and duration of mediation. In appropriate cases, the mediator shall have the authority to terminate the mediation prior to completion.
  11. Attendance at Mediation.  The parties shall personally attend all mediation sessions unless the mediator permits telephonic or other attendance.  The mediator shall have the authority to require other persons to attend.
  12. Declaration of Completion of Mediation. Within 7 days of completion of mediation, a declaration that mediation has been completed shall be filed with the court by the mediator. The mediator shall advise counsil and the parties of the results of mediation in writing. The mediator shall advise the court only whether an agreement has been reached on some or all of the issues.
  13. Confidentiality,  (See RCW 5.60.070)  The work product of the mediator and all communications during the mediation shall be privileged and confidential and not subject to compulsory disclosure.  The mediator shall not appear to testify in any Court proceedings.
  14. Effective Date. This rule shall apply to all cases described herein filed after January 1, 1997



Mediation prevents litigation by bringing parties in dispute together for a collaborative discussion


The mission of Skagit Mediation is to create peace and understanding, by empowering parties in dispute,  to effectively have a crucial conversation, that leads to an written and formal agreement.


Our specialized mediation services help de-escalate conflict, and create a collaborative environment to work towards a negotiated and formal agreement.

Mediation helps families, co-workers, and the community at large to de-escalate conflict and develop a negotiated formal agreement.


  • Skagit Mediation does not provide legal advice.
  • Only a lawyer can give you legal advice about your rights and responsibilities to your partner, children of the partnership, and others.
  • Attorneys may be present during the mediation sessions, and they are not essential to the process.
  • You don’t need to be represented to get legal advice.

Washington State Courts define Mediation as:

“Mediation is a confidential, voluntary, non-binding process which uses a neutral third party to guide parties towards a mutually beneficial resolution of their disagreement. Resolutions are created to suit both parties, and may include an agreement not available via the court system.”

Source: “A Guide to Washington State Courts”

Although attorneys may be present during the mediation sessioins, they are not essential to the process.

Not sure if mediation is the best next move?

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 Our specialized mediation services help de-escalate conflict, and create a collaborative environment to work towards a negotiated and formal agreement. 

De-escalating Conflict



We are constantly experiencing stress.

This brings some serious considerations to explore.

One of the them is about Conflict,  

the effects of stress in conflict and

the effects of conflict in stress are intertwined.

When we experience the strong emotions generated from conflict,  we naturally and considerably reduce our skills to listen and think effectively.   

Our physiologial response  to stress and conflict can block the use of our neocortex brain,  and then we react ini ways that do not help and actually tends to worsen conflict.

When was the last time this happened to you?