Sarah Novak Nesbitt, Sara Schwartzman, and Anne Kelly Laynor are Court certified mediators with years of experience committed to helping individuals resolve their family law matters without litigation which allows the parties to remain in control of the outcome of their case.


Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution process that emphasizes compromise to resolve family disputes.

The mediation process involves the participation of a neutral third party as a facilitator to assist the parties in resolving their dispute to their mutual satisfaction.

Mediation is not about winning or losing, but rather about having an opportunity to identify solutions that work best for your family.


The court may order mediation prior to a contested hearing to determine if an agreement can be reached.

Any mediated agreement that is signed by both parties is a binding contract with all applicable remedies for non-compliance available.


Litigation is lengthy, costly and often highly adversarial, void of any real winner, especially when it comes to your children.

Mediation can often be the bridge of cooperativeness that builds a base for future resolution long after your attorneys’ role is over.

FLAG’s attorneys are skilled mediators with years of training and experience to help you reach a resolution as fast as possible. We will help you identify the core values and beliefs that are the foundation of your family and which need to be the focus of any successful mediation.


The goal of mediation is to allow the parties to resolve their own dispute without the need for court intervention in the decision-making process.

At FLAG, we encourage alternatives to litigation to solve your legal problems.

When we are able to assist you in resolving your dispute outside of court, you:

  • remain in control of the outcome of your case
  • speak for yourself
  • make your own decisions
  • maintain privacy

Whenever possible, you want to be the decision maker regarding issues that directly affect your life now and in the future. Leaving the decision to the court can be costly, risky and intrusive.