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The process of divorce addresses four areas needing attention: identification and distribution of assets and liabilities; alimony (spousal support); child custody; and child support. We provide a structure with step-by-step guidance to help couples meet these four areas of need. This is the mediation process.
In component mediation, the mediation process focuses on a specific area that is at issue.
Property and debt
We may help in deciding how to evaluate and distribute properties, manage debt, or restructure jointly held assets and liabilities. Every plan has its unique qualities. Emotional attachments, economic fears, sense of entitlement, and other motivations may make certain arrangements more difficult to accept. In mediation, acknowledging the underlying interests can help with creative solutions.
Mediation may be limited to creating or modifying an existing parenting plan. As children grow, the lives of divorced individuals change, economics shift, or other environmental factors begin to test how children are cared for. When parents are struggling with their views of the children’s needs, mediation can help. Mediators informed on child development issues, psychological impacts of divorce on children and adults, parenting skills, and knowledge of likely legal outcomes, can be the catalyst for a practical solution to parent/parent/child issues.
The dollar can only stretch so far. Few couples can enjoy the same standard of living as singles that they did as a couple. Mediation provides opportunities to explore the needs of everyone involved and figure out how limited resources can best be used to meet these needs.
Filing for Divorce (Court Documents)
We offer full document preparation including a final Marriage Settlement Agreement, all court document preparation and filings, up to and including the Final Judgment.
Our average mediation costs are between 3500-5000 dollars. Typically, this is a shared expense. You can either pay as you go by providing a credit card authorization for services to be charged as they are rendered or, we ask for a retainer prior to our second meeting. The initial meeting is paid for at the time of the meeting. Mediation services are based on an hourly fee. An individual mediator is 350.00 per hour. Co-mediation (2 mediators) is 500.00 dollars per hour. Consulting attorneys are available on an as needed basis at the rate of 350.00 per hour. Court document preparation is based on a flat fee of 1000.00 dollars. This includes the document preparation of all necessary court form along with managing the court process through the court system. You will have court fees that must be paid. All Marriage Settlement Agreements are drafted by a licensed attorney. The fee for the Marriage Settlement Agreement 750.00 dollars. These costs are taken into account when we quote our average cost of 3500-5000 dollars. If you have complicated business issues, or a complex case you may require more time than typical. We do our best to help you manage the costs. Preparation prior to, and between meetings can help reduce the time spent in session. The costs for a mediated divorce are far below the cost of a litigated divorce or a collaborative divorce.