Mediation is a process that is designed to assist people in the process of divorce voluntarily resolve their disputes.
∼ THE PROCESS ∼
- We meet in a comfortable setting to see if there is “Chemistry” between YOU, your SPOUSE and myself, the MEDIATOR.
- When WE decide to go forward, WE complete “An Agreement to Mediate” agreement-to-mediate-family2016-05-03
- I will provide you with Financials and “Mediation Homework” to fill out so that I can have your personal information to work with.
- Mediation Homework
- I educate you to the Current Divorce Law.
- I educate you about the Parenting Plan if children are involved.
- You and your Spouse sign up and take the Parenting Class required if there are children involved. (Must be taken BEFORE a Judge approves your divorce.)
- You educate ME as to any and all issues to be resolved.
- We get agreement on all issues.
- I Draft a “Memorandum of Understanding”
- You have an Attorney review the MOU and turn it into a “Separation Agreement”. If you do not have an attorney, I can recommend one for you.
- I will provide you with the additional Court Forms necessary to give to the Court.
- You fill out the forms.
- You turn the forms into the Court of Jurisdiction.
- The Court will assign a date and time for a hearing.
- A Judge approves your Divorce.
- In 90 days from the Hearing, Your Divorce becomes Final.
∼ MORE ABOUT MEDIATION ∼
• Mediation assists you and your spouse to develop a plan on how to parent and how to resolve financial issues.
• What emerges from successful mediation is a plan that is formulated by YOU, the parties – and not imposed upon you by a court.
• It is a process that is entirely voluntarily where the YOU are in control of YOUR divorce with the goal of a peaceful outcome.
• One of the benefits of mediation is the avoidance of a far more destructive, expensive and lengthy process – a lawsuit.
• Mediation can take place before a lawsuit or divorce complaint is filed, or after a filing.
• If the mediation is successful, the dispute can usually be finalized within a matter of weeks, not the years it can frequently take to have the case resolved in court.
• Courts suggest mediation in an effort to avoid the time and expense of litigation.