Mediation is a step by step process, that is driven by you, the clients. A typical divorce/separation mediation lasts for 3-4 sessions. You and your spouse/partner sit down with one mediator in a private, comfortable office and work through all the decisions including a parenting plan, if you have children, equitable distribution of marital assets/debts and support issues for child and spouse, if needed. Fees are based on a sliding scale according to your income and are paid on a per session basis. We do not charge a retainer fee. Mediation gives you the ownership and the power to make the decisions that are so important to your future. Mediation recognizes that your relationship is in transition and that there needs to be positive communication and cooperation to move forward.
In the first consultation, the mediation process is explained and any questions will be explored and answered. The following session’s content will be discussed and decisions will be made by the couple regarding issues such as division of property, parenting arrangements, child support and other financial issues. Step by step the parties will make decisions about how they want the future to be and come up with an agreement called a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The process considers the needs of all family members. Once the parties have reached agreements on the issues and the MOU is drafted, they are encouraged to consult individual attorneys for review. The process moves at a pace decided by the couple that can ensure good decision making and processing.