There are several important reasons why you should choose mediating your divorce: DIVORCE BY MEDIATIONis in the best interest of the children.
DIVORCE BY MEDIATION is a non-adversarial approach to help people negotiate directly their separation or divorce. We provide you with the opportunity to negotiate mutually beneficial terms in total privacy. DIVORCE BY MEDIATION is often referred to as a “friendly” way to get a divorce. DIVORCE BY MEDIATION allows you as a couple to maintain power and control. Mediating yourDivorce takes the decision making out of the hands of the attorneys and the courts. Through mediation, you and your spouse will be able to reach agreement on the issues that affect your future:
• distribution of your marital assets • child support and spousal maintenance • custody and visitation • shared decision making regarding the children WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE FIRST SESSION? During the first session, we will give you a detailed explanation of the entire mediation process and how we would proceed. We will also answer any additional questions that either one of you may have. We will make sure that both of you are in full agreement before going forward with the mediation. It is important to understand the information that we are giving you and that both of you receive the same information. This allows for the mediation to proceed with both of you being on equal footing from the outset of the negotiations.
Once the process is understood, the real work can begin. Mediation is not only a friendly way to get a divorce but it can be a financially friendly option as well.
HOW MUCH DOES MEDIATION COST?
Mediated agreements usually cost less than half of traditionally litigated divorces. The reason for the reduction in cost is because you and not your lawyers are doing the negotiating. Mediators charge hourly fees which are paid at the time of the mediation. The fee can be shared by the parties in a way that you both agree is fair. There is no retainer required. Unlike the court process, mediation does not drag on for years.
Once an agreement has been reached on all relevant issues, we will draft a Separation Agreement for your review. Upon divorce, the agreement is usually incorporated in the divorce judgment.