If you and your spouse or partner have made the decision to end your relationship and want to proceed in a manner that will allow you, when you're finally divorced, to feel proud of yourselves, and to remain on friendly terms with each other, then mediation is for you.
As a Family Lawyer, Mediator and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I can provide you with the expertise you'll need to create a Marital Settlement Agreement that meets your and your reconfigured family's needs. (Please review my Clarification of Services below).
- We'll meet in-person for a free 30 minute initial consultation:
- This allows you to ask me questions and;
- To see if we'll work well together.
- During this initial consultation I'll provide you with the following documents for you to take home to review:
- A draft of the Mediation Agreement into which we'll enter, explaining the mediation process, my fees, and the services I'll be performing for you;
- If you have children, sample parenting plans to get you thinking about how you'll share your parenting time;
- Questionnaires related to your property, retirement plans, assets and debts.
- Mediation sessions are scheduled in three-hour blocks.
- I've found that many clients are able to negotiate their Marital Settlement Agreements in two to four sessions.
- However, if there's a lot of conflict in your relationship, more sessions may be required; and I may suggest that you seek the independent advice of other professionals (i.e., financial specialists, mediation-friendly attorneys or psychotherapists), to help you through the process.
During subsequent mediation sessions:
- We'll address each agenda item until all items have been negotiated;
- I'll provide you with a written summary of your Mediation Session and a "to do list" of tasks you must complete, and information you must gather, before the next mediation session.
- I'll prepare your Marital Settlement Agreement and then you'll each have your own attorney review it.
- I can provide you with referrals to mediation-friendly attorneys for this purpose.
- Then you'll be ready to file your court documents:
- I can help you prepare the final drafts of your court documents for filing, or you can hire someone else to do this for you.