What is mediation?
A technique that saves the relationship while ending the marriage by facilitating a mutually beneficial dialog between 2 married individuals. 95% of mediations end in a mutual agreement.
Who is mediation for?
Mediation is for couples in conflict who are…
(this includes LGBT community couples)
- I sure hope we can come to an agreement.
- Is divorce our only option?
- Is there a more affordable route to divorce other than litigation?
- Maybe my attorney was right to suggest mediation?
- Why can’t we seem to agree ourselves? We need someone to do it for/with us.
Have the challenges of
- Paying the high cost of legal fees.
- Allocating assets in the most equitable way.
- Determining a workable custody schedule.
- Developing communication guidelines for the future.
- Needing/Wanting to get a divorce done quicker than through the courts.
- Supporting two homes on the current budget(s).
- An alternative route to divorce.
- Both parties to feel that all issues have been fairly resolved.
- Both parties to be able to start their new lives.
- To lessen the negative effects of divorce on children.
- To develop a co-parenting plan for now and the future.
- To develop a treatment plan for any child with illness, disease, or developmental delay.
If you would like to…
- Lessen the adversarial nature of divorce
- Not be consumed by anger
- Minimize harm to the children
- Have a more cost effective divorce solution
- Get co-parenting tips
- Learn how to develop respect for each other’s future relationships or new family
- Create a workable and mutually respected holiday calendar
- Develop a plan to maintain relationships with extended family for both parties and the children
- Develop a plan for both parties being able to financially support themselves and any children involved
- Be connected to resources and experts
…then mediation is for YOU!
The Mediation Process
Mediation brings together the legal, emotional, developmental, and financial ramifications of divorce by creating a non-judgmental space for married individuals to express their needs, wants, and fears.
In mediation, I use my expertise as a family psychologist and former family lawyer to help you create non-traditional solutions individualized for each individual, couple, and family. Mediation will support both traditional and non-traditional couples in saving money and lessening the negative effects of divorce on the family as whole.
During the mediation process, we will:
- gather essential assets and liability data and information
- use that information to develop and implement an individualized mediation meeting plan
- document areas of agreement and negotiate any remaining issues
- complete legal agreement paperwork so you can enjoy your new life
At our first session we will:
- identify the issues your partnership will face in mediation
- prioritize those issues
At the end of your mediation program, you will receive the following:
- a mediation agreement
- a settlement agreement
- a parenting agreement.
Your mediation program will consist of 2 hour mediation sessions. Because each divorce situation is different, I create a customized session agenda for each couple.
*an estimate of sessions needed will be determined at your Get A Handle On It! Session.