Divorce is just another stage in your life. You can step into this stage fighting and consequently spending money and creating a cycle of resistance from the other side, or you can go into this stage in a more creative way, through mediation.
Divorce Mediation is a process with steps, specific techniques, and tools. It consists of a series of sessions with a mediator to come to an agreement on all issues pertaining to a couple’s separation. It balances your needs and your rights. It is not about bullying or manipulating the other party. It is about finding a balance that will give you dignity during the divorce process while focusing on important aspects such as money, kids, grandkids, illness, and death.
Unlike litigation, in Divorce Mediation the mediator will be in the same room at the same time with both parties. Conference calls and meetings are arranged for both parties to get their legal questions answered (we do not offer legal advice). If needed, we will provide the written case to a litigator lawyer, who provides us with a report on the predicted outcome if the case is to go to court.
Divorce Mediation finds creative ways to share assets and resolve conflict. In your initial consultation, we will determine if mediation is applicable to your situation. If so, we will work together to end the process with an agreement on the terms of separation, to be documented in a Memorandum of Understanding. A Separation Agreement, which will then be prepared and written by a lawyer of your choice, will include the applicable: Assets and debt, Bank accounts, Credit cards, Credit lines and loans, Spousal support, Child support, Parenting plan, Gifts before marriage, Inheritance, and Pensions. We can provide a list of lawyers at your request.
Divorce is inherently stressful, emotional, and challenging for both parties involved. Mediation provides a more collaborative and less confrontational setting for resolving disputes. The mediator helps facilitate open and productive communication between the spouses, allowing them to express their concerns and preferences in a controlled environment. This can lead to reduced conflict and tension, making the divorce process more amicable.
Divorce mediation is often more cost-effective than going to court. Litigation can be expensive due to attorney fees, court costs, and the lengthy legal process. In contrast, mediation typically requires fewer billable hours, as it aims to streamline the decision-making process and avoid prolonged legal battles. Additionally, couples can share the cost of a single mediator, making it a more affordable option.
Mediation tends to result in faster resolutions compared to court proceedings, which can drag on for months or even years. In mediation, couples can set their own schedule for meetings with the mediator, allowing them to address issues at their own pace. This can be especially advantageous when there are urgent matters, such as child custody or financial concerns, that need to be resolved promptly.