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Mediation Services

"I cannot thank you enough for the help the mediators gave our family.  Mediation was the beginning of getting our family healthy again."

"The mediators helped us see the issues from all sides so we could weigh our choices.  We made the decisions--not lawyers or judges."

"The mediators were very professional and very good at smoothing over some turbulent moments.  They kept us focused on the issues and guided us to a viable resolution."

Mediation is a process by which parties in conflict can resolve their differences with the assistance of a neutral person, a mediator. It has a proven record of success. In mediation, parties meet with the mediator and describe the issues as they see them. The mediator clarifies the issues and helps the parties analyze information, communicate fairly, generate creative solutions and reach an agreement which is acceptable to both parties. The written agreement may be reviewed by an attorney before signing. Mediation is not litigation, it is not therapy and no solution is ever imposed by the mediator.

PDRC mediators are the best professionals the area has to offer. They are certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia. They have diverse backgrounds and areas of training and specialization including, law, education, medicine, business and government and have been mediating for years.

A wide range of backgrounds helps to ensure that our mediators are equipped and able to handle the many types of cases that are appropriate for mediation, including:

  • Contract
  • Residential Real Estate
  • Consumer-Merchant
  • Warrants in Detinue
  • Unlawful Detainer
  • Multi-Party
  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Business & Commercial and Neighborhood
  • Homeowners Associations
  • Employer-Employee
  • Family: Custody, Visitation, Child and Spousal Support
  • Property Division and Debts
  • Child Dependency
  • Parent-Teen
  • Grandparent Issues      
Fees for mediation vary depending on the individual case, but usually range from $20—$300 per hour. 
Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center serves as the Mediation-Court Coordinator for the judicial districts of Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison and Rappahannock Counties.  This program allows the General District and Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Courts to refer any appropriate case to a mediation orientation session with mediation being free of cost to the parties.  The referral is made directly by a judge, but can be initiated by an attorney or any parties involved.  For more information visit the Supreme Court’s Website at

For information on any of the above services please e-mail or call  Lawrie Parker at 540-347-6650.


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