Divorce & Separation

With Divorce and Separation Mediation, couples can choose to build their separate lives together. 

The Mediation process is both comprehensive and flexible. It allows the agenda to expand or contract as needed. To start, Divorce and Separation Mediation always addresses each of the issues required by the law. These include:

  • Division of Property and Finances
  • Attorney and Expert Fees
  • Spousal Maintenance (also called Alimony)
  • Custody and Visitation
  • Child Support

First, both spouses must agree to participate in the Mediation process. Mediation is voluntary, and no person can be ordered, forced, coerced, or threatened into participating or agreeing. Mediators are committed to allowing parties to make their own decisions.

Next, the Mediator will invite you to attend an Initial Session. This is an opportunity to answer questions, and for the Mediator to help decide if the process is right for you. For example, Mediation isn't a good process if there is a history of Domestic Violence, if there are accusations of Child Abuse, or if one spouse does not agree that Divorce or Separation are the right choice.

Once the Mediation process ends, hopefully the parties have come to agreement. At this point, they have a number of options to consider. Ultimately, the Divorce or Separation will need to be filed with the courts in order to be enforceable and valid.

The Mediator can create a number of Agreements summarizing everything that the parties have decided. These Agreements represent the Terms of the couple's Divorce or Separation. If the parties chooses to have these Agreements created, they will receive both printed and electronic versions which they can forward to an attorney or use to begin preparing court paperwork.

Divorce and Separation Mediation is designed to be affordable. Each part of the process is available separately from the others, allowing parties to choose exactly what they need and can afford. To ensure that a large balance does not accrue over time and surprise the parties, each service is paid for in advance.

  • There is no cost for the Initial Consultation. You and your spouse should feel comfortable with the process before committing to spend any money.
  • Mediation Appointments are charged at $125 per hour, and are typically one hour long. Most cases are resolved in 3-5 hours.

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