Choose Your Next Steps

MEDIATION

A healthier way to divorce.

My goals are the same as yours: that you make informed decisions, that you reduce your legal fees and that you minimize the emotional upset. In mediation you and your spouse work with an attorney mediator to resolve your divorce issues. You will meet with me privately in my office and all of our conversations are confidential.

I will help you and your spouse create a fair, comprehensive agreement. The mediation process provides the structure to discuss the difficult and important issues surrounding your divorce and your family. Together we will identify your interests and needs, identify the needs of your children and develop an agreement that you are both comfortable with.

I act as an impartial and neutral mediator and I will explain the applicable legal principles which provide a framework for discussion for parenting, property distribution and financial support issues. We will create a separation agreement based on your decisions; not the attorneys or a judge, and one that will be approved by the court.

You stay in control!

WHEN SHOULD I CHOOSE MEDIATION?

1) You want what's best for you and your family.

In mediation, your children take center stage as you will be making decisions as parents, keeping your children's best interests in mind.

2) You want control over the terms of your settlement.

You'll both have control over your settlement because you both will have a direct say in creating its terms. Your agreement will only be final when both parties say it is.

3) You want your agreement to be fair to both you and your spouse.

Because the mediator is a neutral third party who doesn't take sides, my job is to help you reach an agreement that you both find fair.

4) You want to keep things peaceful.

Mediation is a non-adversarial and cooperative process. You don't need to agree on everything or be the best of friends in order to mediate your divorce. I will help you negotiate the issues you do not agree on.

5) You want to save money and time.

Mediation is less expensive than litigation or collaborative divorces and typically takes significantly less time to complete. You control process.

6) You and your spouse are both willing to cooperate and keep your proceedings transparent.

Mediation requires full disclosure and transparency in order to work. So you and your spouse must be willing to engage in a good faith negotiation and you must be willing to compromise.

What is the Process?

+ CALL US

Schedule an initial, confidential consultation to learn about mediation.

+ PARENTING PLAN

Together we will create a parenting plan including parenting time, child support and education.

+ DIVIDE FINANCES

After gathering and disclosing all financial information, we will devise creative solutions to meet both of your needs.

+ ADVICE

Get advice from legal and financial professionals on any more complex issues.

+ AGREEMENT

I will draft a settlement agreement. After you both review the draft and we make any necessary revisions, we will finalize the agreement.

+ COURT DATE

I will prepare you for your hearing and accompany both of you to court.

COLLABORATIVE

WHAT IS A COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE?

There are times when you need an advocate by your side but you still want to work with your spouse to resolve your divorce. Collaboration may be the answer. Collaborative divorce is a team based approach. You and your spouse each have an attorney, and along with other professionals, you both agree to negotiate in a confidential, out of court process to create solutions tailored to each of your situations that work for both of you. The collaborative approach is designed to preserve both of your interests and needs.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

1. Each party would hire his/her own collaborative attorney (a divorce lawyer trained in the collaborative law process) to represent them. Just like in a "traditional" divorce situation, a lawyer's job is to try to get the most favorable outcome for their one client;

2. Both parties and their respective collaborative family law attorneys sign a contract that states they are committed to using cooperative techniques instead of combative tactics to negotiate the various divorce issues. The contract is called a "participation agreement";

3. In the Collaborative Process, a series of meetings take place between both spouses and their divorce lawyers along with other outside professionals as needed (such as financial professionals, child specialists, mental health professionals) to negotiate and try to come to agreement on the subjects.

4. Together the team develops a comprehensive settlement agreement that resolve parenting and financial issues.

WHEN SHOULD I USE A COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE PROCESS:

1. You and your spouse share a commitment to settle.

2. You both have the ability to compromise and want to see the other's point of view.

3. You cannot use mediation but still want to try to avoid litigation.

If your case is problematic and you cannot use mediation due to a dishonest, aggressive, uncooperative or reluctant spouse but you and your spouse still want to try to avoid litigation, the collaborative law process might be worth trying.

4. You want legal advice and an advocate to represent you and only you.

Since your collaborative lawyer will be representing you and only you, he/she can give you advice throughout the proceedings and advocate on your behalf if that is what you want.