Members of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) provide mediation services to families facing decisions involving separation, divorce or marital dissolution, child custody, parenting, visitation, property division, wills and estates, elder care, spouse support or alimony, child support, family business, pre-nuptial agreements, and many other disputes, conflicts or issues involving the family.
The APFM can refer you to a mediator in your area and provide information about mediation training and dispute resolution employment opportunities. APFM also holds annual and special conferences for mediators and other professionals and has a wide selection of educational materials, books, videotapes, audio tapes and professional publications.
Mediation offers people the opportunity to resolve their disputes with the help of a impartial person trained in mediation skills, domestic violence issues, financial issues, and other topics. The mediator is not a judge or an arbitrator who imposes a decision on people, but is trained to assist people in negotiating their own resolution to their problems or concerns.
Although mediators may come from a variety of professional backgrounds including: attorneys; psychologists; social workers; marriage or family counselors; clergy people; accountants and financial specialists, they received specialized training to become mediators.
The Academy of Professional Family Mediators provides a referral service of our Members who practice in the areas of family and divorce mediation and who have met strict training and experience requirements.