DFMS Mission Statement

Desert Family Mediation Services' Mission Statement

We are committed to helping people whose marriage or partnership relationships are ending to explore healthy resolutions. People need expert information when they are faced with questions about dividing property, issues of monetary support, and custody. DFMS seeks to facilitate a balanced discussion about the issues that have a natural potential to divide people, without the polarization that occurs when parties litigate. Our mission is to help people to craft agreements tailor-made for themselves. 

When children are involved, our mediators and co-mediators will assist participants in developing parenting plans that are specific to the family. Mediation at DFMS strives to help parents learn to move beyond conflict, to develop co-parenting skills, and to minimize the negative effects of divorce on their children. 

Experience has taught us that mediation allows parties to embark on a path that overcomes historical patterns of conflict, one that positively affects people's post-separation interactions and provides safety to each. Our vision at DFMS is to empower you in this journey.

Thurman W. Arnold, III, Certified Family Law Specialist

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