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Washington, Ozaukee, Fond Du Lac, Winnebago, Waukesha, and Milwaukee counties.

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• Best Mediation is more affordable and less stressful

• Best Mediation is confidential, felxible, and informal

• Best Mediation encourages mutually beneficial solutions

Best Mediation is mediation and divorce mediation experts in West Bend serving Washington and the surrounding southeastern Wisconsin counties. We are impartial and trained to help both parties discuss their needs and differences in order to work towards a solution together. Attorney John A. Best is dedicated to the process of divorce mediation and has special training as a mediator.

John Best mediation and divorce mediation can offer flexible alternatives to going to court. It enables both parties more ability to control the outcome of a dispute.

During the divorce process mediation might be ordered by the Court particularly if the case involves a dispute regarding custody or placement. If you are going through a divorce and think mediation might help, or if you and your spouse are not represented by attorneys and are proceeding with your case pro se, feel free to contact John A. Best to discuss whether mediation is appropriate for your case.

See our Mediation FAQ below for answers to basic mediation questions.

Mediation Services

• A mediator is often a licensed attorney with special training in mediation.

• The mediator has no ties or relationship to any party in the dispute or divorce action.

• Mediation is typically conducted only with the two parties and the mediator.

• It is a means of communication between the parties with an unbiased professional guiding and facilitating the parties to reach agreements in their dispute or pending divorce.

• In most cases what comes out of mediation is positive. Unfortunately not all parties can always come to a mutual agreement and mediation is discontinued.

John A. Best Mediator

John is a certified Mediator and has mediated hundreds of cases involving custody and placement issues in that capacity. He privately mediates cases for any parties willing to try and resolve issues involved in dispute, or a divorce with or without minor children. Mediation can be less stressful and less costly to the parties if they take the process seriously.


Marquette University Law, J. D. 1990
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

College of St. Thomas, B. A. 1985
St. Paul, Minnesota 

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What is Mediation?

Mediation is a private and confidential process in which a trained, impartial and neutral person helps the parties in identifying the issues, and their interests, exploring settlement alternatives, and developing their own mutually acceptable solution. Divorce mediation gives couples the option to plan their futures rationally, and in an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual respect.

How is Mediation different?

Mediation is based on the principle that people are capable of resolving their own disagreements if given the right support. The mediator helps the spouses to communicate and negotiate but doesn't make any decisions for them. The mediator does not judge who is right or who is wrong, but works with parties to help them arrive at a solution to satisfy their interests.

Does the mediator meet with both spouses together or separately?

This is a question that divorcing spouses should address in advance with a potential mediator. In some cases mediators work separately with each spouse, acting as an arbitrator. Other times mediators will shuttle between parties at a joint meeting place. In most cases a meeting where both spouses are present is held and communication is more direct.

How much does mediation cost?

Typically mediations involve an hourly or per-session fee. The number of sessions needed to gather information and negotiate an agreement will vary from couple to couple, so the cost of the mediation will also vary. Mediation, however, will usually be much less costly than litigation.


Attorney John A. Best is a certified Mediator and has mediated hundreds of cases involving custody and placement issues. Mediation is a voluntary, cooperative, and confidential problem-solving process. Benefits include:

  • Less Time
  • Less Expensive
  • Private and Confidential
  • Collaborative
  • Open Communication
  • Saves Relationships

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