Choose Your Next Steps

MEDIATION

What is Mediation?

A healthier way to divorce.

Mediation provides a simple, affordable, less stressful alternative to litigation that keeps you in control of your future and allows you to personalize your divorce terms.

And, 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!

Choose mediation when...

1) You want to maintain control over the divorce process and your life.

You and your spouse will decide what the separation agreement will say, not the attorneys or a judge. Together we will make sure that the agreement is fair and equitable for both of you.

2) You want to end your marriage with the least amount of stress on you and your family.

As a neutral third party, I will help you discuss and resolve the important issues surrounding your children, finances and moving forward.

3) You want to save money and time.

Typically, mediation is less expensive than the traditional divorce processes. You control the process so an agreement is often worked out in less time.

4) You and your spouse want to communicate and are willing to disclose legal and financial issues.

If you and your spouse can still communicate and understand that mediation requires full disclosure, mediation may be right for you and your family.

What are the steps?

1) Call us.

Schedule an initial, confidential consultation to learn about mediation.

2) Parenting Plan.

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

3) Divide Finances.

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

4) Advice.

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

5) Agreement.

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

6) 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 want an advocate with you, 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. It is a model of negotiation that emphasizes respect and privacy of the divorcing couple. This process is often less time-consuming and emotional contentious than a traditional divorce. The collaborative approach is designed to preserve both of your interests and needs.

How does it work?

With the help of their attorneys and other professionals, the parties are able to identify and set their goals when it comes to creating a parenting plan, and to navigate the new financial reality of a post-divorce world. This process is designed to resolve all of the issues raised by the parties that occur because of the breakdown of the marriage and not just those that a court has the authority to address.

How does this process differ from mediation?

The collaborative process differs from mediation in that each client is represented by a lawyer to serve as his or her advocate throughout the negotiation. Often, other professionals, such as psychologists, child experts and financial planners are also involved in the process.

What are the steps?

1) Call us.

Both you and your spouse will hire a divorce lawyer, one that is trained in the collaborative law process. You'll agree to engage in the collaborative process with respect and civility toward each other and the team. This is the key ingredient to successful negotiations.

2) Team Meetings.

You will meet with the attorneys and the other team member such as financial professionals, child specialists, mental health professionals to negotiate and try to come to agreement on the issues.

3) Negotiations and agreement.

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