What is Mediation?
Everyone’s legal issues vary so we think you should also have a variety of options for resolution of your legal matter. Mediation is a cost-effective option that allows you to retain control of your legal matter and resolve your issue on your terms. Mediation is a process in which an independent and impartial third party works with both sides in a comfortable and safe environment to resolve conflict and reach a fair and mutual agreement. You can then present your agreement to the court to be entered, which will then be considered legally binding.
We offer convenient online mediation services with our trained mediators who assist to actively find points of agreement and facilitate peaceful settlement of disputes for divorce and other related family matters.
So why should you mediate your legal matter?
- You retain more control and flexibility over the outcome.
- It’s quicker than pursuing it through court.
- It’s less expensive.
- It’s less formal.
- It’s less adversarial.
- You decrease the need for future litigation.
- It’s confidential.
- There’s no obligation to settle. You can still go to court if you choose.
- Mediate at a time and place that is convenient for you. We offer day, night, and weekend options.
- You do not have to be in the same place as your spouse or co-parent.
- You pay for your actual service, not travel or our fancy office furniture.
Want to get started?
Step 1: You and your spouse or co-parent agrees that the mediation process is for you. You don’t have to even discuss or decide any of your issues ahead of time.
Step 2: Sign up for a free 30-minute phone consultation with one of our Mediators.
Step 3: Mediator will contact you at your scheduled time to ask you questions to determine the necessary length of your session, answer your questions, provide flat fee rate for the session required, and schedule your mediation.
Step 4: You participate in your online mediation session(s) via video conferencing.
We offer 2-hour, 3-hour, 4-hour sessions *starting at $600 per session during our weekday hours and $800 per session during our night and/or weekend “convenience” hours.
Do I need a lawyer to get a divorse?
No, you do not have to hire a lawyer to get a divorce. Hiring a traditional lawyer is sometimes necessary but may be more expensive, lengthen the process, or provide less privacy regarding your personal matters. You can represent yourself “Pro Se” or “Pro Per” throughout the divorce. However, this can be an intimidating and confusing process. However, if you have conflicts to resolve you also have another option. You can go through the mediation. Mediation is a process in which a neutral third party works with both spouses in a more peaceful, comfortable, and safe environment to reach a wide variety of solutions relating to divorce. There is no legal advice given during this process just dispute resolution.
What types of issues can mediation resolve in divorce cases?
Mediation can resolve a number of issues that may be points of contention in the divorce process including division of property, development of a comprehensive parenting plan, child custody, child support, alimony, and other financial matters.
Is mediation right for me?
Mediation is best suited for spouses who are both willing to attend and participate in the mediation process. Both parties should have the capacity to make their own decisions and be willing to be honest throughout the process. Mediation is also a good fit for parties who want more control and flexibility in their settlement decisions relating to property, children, pets, and more.
What do I need to do to start the mediation process?
All you need to do to begin the mediation process is for both you and your spouse to agree to participate in mediation. You do not need to discuss any issues surrounding your divorce prior to mediation.
How long does mediation take?
Mediation is quicker and more efficient than going to court. The length of mediation depends based on the amount and type of issues you and your spouse disagree about. However, most couples only need a few sessions to complete the process, which could take as few as a couple of weeks. The best part is that the length of the process is completely up to you.
How much does mediation cost?
Typically, traditional mediation costs vary significantly. In addition to the mediator’s time, you would be paying for additional costs such as their fancy office, parking, and time off work. By mediating online, you will pay an affordable rate without having to pay for those additional, unnecessary costs. Although mediation is a much quicker process than litigation, it does require a short-term time commitment. Because we offer mediation in a convenient format, don’t take time off work! Mediate at a time that is convenient for you.
Who pays for mediation?
Who pays for mediation is completely up to you. Most couples split the cost evenly, since both benefited from the process.
May I have an attorney if I choose to mediate?
The decision to have an attorney at any point during your divorce is completely up to you. You are not legally required to have an attorney during the mediation process. Many people choose not to have an attorney when divorcing. However, some people choose to consult with an attorney prior to, during, or after mediation.
Are mediation agreements binding?
During the mediation process, both parties have the flexibility to change their minds on any issue at any point. If you and your spouse reach a voluntary agreement, and it is approved by the court, the agreement will become binding.
Why mediate online?
Online mediation is convenient. Mediate from any location you choose. Spouses living out-of-town can still participate without the headache of travel expenses and time off work. Spouses who have mobility challenges can be actively engaged in the mediation process. You have flexibility because sessions can be scheduled during the day, evening, and even during the weekends. Online mediation is cost-effective. By mediating online you are not having to pay for additional costs traditional mediators charge.
How does online mediation work?
Online mediation is as easy as using FaceTime or Skype. By using our secure, online video conferencing software, both participants can be in the same “room” as the mediator or if parties would like additional privacy, each party can be in their own “rooms” and speak with the mediator privately. You have complete flexibility on when, and if, you would like to be in the same “room” as your spouse.
Is online mediation right for me?
Are you a working professional who is busy, works a nontraditional schedule, or travels frequently? Are you busy shuttling kids to sporting events, dance classes, or music lessons? Mediate from any location at a time convenient for both you and your spouse, including evenings and weekends. Meet in the comfort and convenience of the location and time of your choosing. If you are geographically separated by mediating online distance is no longer an issue. Online mediation eliminates the additional expenses and headache of traveling and taking time off work. If you mediate online, an individual’s mobility challenges are no longer a concern to be able to actively participate in the mediation process.
Uncomfortable being in the same location as your spouse?
By mediating online, individuals can choose a location that maximizes comfort, convenience, and confidence.
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