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Divorce Mediation can help you avoid some of the heart ache that comes with divorce, and a lot of the expense.
In a family divorce mediation, divorce attorneys are not required. Mediation helps you and your spouse to negotiate with each other, saving the cost of attorneys negotiating on each of your behalf. You can still have your attorneys file your documents and represent you in court if you want. But that's not necessary either. In an uncontested divorce, divorce mediation can help you avoid the fight that is part of the typical litigated divorce and the attorney fees associated with that process.
Your mediator is a neutral third party who assists both of you through the process. First, making sure all the necessary information is gathered. Full disclosure by both spouses is necessary in order to make fully informed decisions. With information in hand, the important issues can be discussed with the intention of finding areas of agreement. In family mediation it is easier to remain focused on the important issues by maintaining civil, and amicable negotiations.
Some benefits of Mediation:
A safe place for difficult discussions.
You will be treated fairly.
Your voice will be heard.
You are in Control of decision making.
In some cases avoid court.
Confidential and cost effective.
Tailored to your schedule.
Provides faster resolution.
Promotes mutual respect and dignity.
Couples who use divorce mediation are more likely to be satisfied with the mediation process when compared with couples that go through the typical adversarial divorce. Couples who use divorce mediation will spend far less time and money with far less conflict. Most importantly, it keeps you and your spouse in total control of your divorce, allowing you to move forward with your life.
Generally, mediation sessions are scheduled to last from 1 to 2 hours depending on your needs and available time. A typical Mediation can be accomplished in 4 to 8 sessions, depending on the complexity of assets and issues.
Mediation fees are usually paid at the end of each session, with a relatively small retainer to cover the cost of document review, and writing the Memorandum Of Understanding. In this way you are in control of your divorce costs, and you proceed at a rate that works best for you.
Contact S. M. Edwards & Associates LLC, to find out how mediation can save you time and money.