Mediation is a voluntary, confidential, out-of-court process that helps you and the other party attack problems rather than each other, at a fraction of the time and cost of contested court battles.
Mediations tend to range in price and duration based on complexity of the issues, readiness of the parties to resolve, and a number of other factors. For a self analysis of mediation success factors, click here. Some are done in less than 3 hours, some take years. During your orientation, one of our mediators can help you determine a realistic budget for your situation.
With the help of our mediator(s) you will:
1. Create a plan: A goal without a plan is just a dream. You tell us what you want to achieve, and we help you structure a process to succeed. For example: "It is our goal to protect our children from the stresses of a divorce battle, keep our family problems confidential, keep our legal fees in control, and resolve our divorce without going to court".
2. Identify the resources needed: Perhaps a financial advisor or CPA; perhaps a child specialist; and perhaps both, working with your attorney mediator, will help you achieve the goals you have set, in an efficient and informed way. Why create an agreement that results in greater tax liabilities? A CPA trained in mediation/collaborative practice can help you minimize those tax consequences as permitted by law.
3. Gather information: Financial, communication, parenting, legal. Mediation does not mean you make decisions without accurate information. All financial disclosures are made under penalty of perjury. Emotions tend to be the main reason cases go to trial. Understanding yourself, learning to communicate, and getting passed the blaming phase, is the job of your divorce coach. We get you the information you need, and prepare you, to make those legal and financial decisions.
4. Make all final decisions: Once you have all of the information, you and the other party will start attacking the problems in need of resolution. And while you will have information on the general state of the law, you are not limited to only those solutions. You can create whatever agreement works for you and your unique situation.
5. Have a fully enforceable agreement: your custom stipulated judgment will be signed by all parties involved, signed by the judge, and will be fully enforceable. Congratulations!
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