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Divorce

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Preparing for Your Dissolution

Coming to the decision to end your marriage is never easy. There are expenses, emotions, and stressors that may arise unexpectedly. Often times, in the whirlwind of emotions, it is difficult to sit with your partner and prepare what your lives will look like on the other side of your marriage. Words can get lost in communication or can go unexpressed altogether. In some situations, you and your partner may have restrictions in place that prevent communication.

 

This is where a mediator comes in...

The mediator listens to both parties without bias. Not only will you be empowered to express your needs, concerns, and desires for the next chapter, but you can be confident that this will be effectively transmitted to the other person. Likewise, you will be able to hear the other party's needs and wants without the filters we sometimes put up that prevent us from understanding one another. 

 

WHO CAN COME TO MEDIATION?

For divorces, parties can mediate prior to filing (pre-suit), after filing and receiving a court order to private mediation, or after your divorce has been finalized and you want to make modifications to the terms of your final judgment. 

WHAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED IN MEDIATION? 

A common acronym used in family law to address the necessary issues is PEACE.

Parenting Issues 

If you have minor children, parents need to agree on a parenting plan that is in the best interest of the  children. 

Equitable distribution

Parties must decide to you will divide the various marital assets and liabilities, including any real property, personal items, intangible property, businesses, and debt. 

Alimony

If either party is entitled to and is seeking spousal support, you will get to negotiate what that will look like for you.   

Child Support 

For parents, the financial responsibility of both parents towards the children will be calculated. Learn more about child support by clicking here

Everything else

This is where parties will discuss and finalize any other issues that are specific to the your situation. This may include how the fees and expenses to finalize the divorce are divided, name changes, how you must go about modifying the agreement in the future, or anything else that you may want or need to discuss.  

 

HOW LONG DOES MEDIATION TAKE?

In most divorces there are many issues and details within each issue that the parties need to sort through. In addition, the actual document must be drafted, reviewed, and approved by each party and their attorneys, if there are attorneys. Therefore, there is a two-hour minimum timeframe that parties must secure when scheduling mediation for initial divorces. 

WHERE DO OUR MEDIATIONS TAKE PLACE? 

For your convenience, mediations are available by video-conferencing. If the parties prefer, the mediator is available to travel to conduct in-person mediations. Contact us for details and coordinating.  

HOW MUCH DOES MEDIATION COST? 

There is a single hourly fee for mediation; the total cost of mediation is split between both parties as they agree.

For divorces and other family mediations, the parties must secure the date and time with a $50 deposit that goes towards the initial two hours. Before the mediation begins, you must pay the remaining $550 for the two-hour minimum. Thereafter, parties are charged $330 hourly, prorated by the quarter hour.   

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