Impact Mediation, a husband-and-wife mediation practice focused on
family law and residential mortgage foreclosure cases, aims to make a
positive impact on the greater Sarasota community.
and Ruth Harshman
say they believe they offer a unique competitive
edge with their new practice, situated at 4822 Sweetmeadow Circle. "We
offer a male and female perspective to family law disputes," says
Ruth is hoping to move foreclosures through
the system faster. "Right now they're clogging the system. Once they
start moving through, the courts are going to need all the help they can
get. Mediation can move the docket along a lot faster."
believe mediation is superior to litigation. "Mediation allows
litigants to make decisions that will influence the rest of their lives,
rather than leaving it up to a judge or jury," says Michael.
The couple married nearly two years ago and moved to Sarasota
from Ohio. Michael, a pilot, flew the couple to various parts of Florida
before they finally decided on Sarasota as a home.
people are friendly, it's beautiful and the cultural opportunities are
wonderful," he says.
"And it's not Ohio," adds Ruth.
The couple hopes to become involved in higher education
through one of the colleges and universities in the Tampa Bay region.
"Ruthie was on the board of trustees for Youngstown State
University," explains Michael. "We've attended some functions at
Ringling. We hope to get involved in higher education here in some way."
Adds Ruth: "This may be controversial, but I'm a graduate
of Florida State."
Both Harshmans attended courses
required by the Florida Supreme Court to mediate cases in the circuit
court and county court for family and foreclosure mediation.
Sources: Michael and Ruth Harshman, Impact Mediation