You and your spouse will meet with an experienced divorce financial mediator who will serve as a neutral third party to help you resolve property division, support and other financial related issues. The goal is to come to an agreement that can be incorporated into your final settlement agreement.
We facilitate an open and free exchange of information, focused on problem solving. This reduces conflict, frees up both parties to negotiate with each other in confidence, and models future cooperative behavior -- an important objective when children are involved. Couples are generally more willing to comply with the terms of a solution they have drawn up themselves rather than one that has been dictated to them.
Since both parties are working with the same base of information, it usually takes far less time to negotiate a settlement.
Unlike a judge, the mediator does not make decisions for you. Instead, he or she will help you explore alternatives. The aim is for you and your spouse to reach solutions tailored to the specific needs and objectives of you and your family.
We recommend that each party hire a consulting attorney to advise you during the process, review the preliminary agreement and assist with preparation and filing of all legal documents. You may also choose to have your attorney accompany you to your mediation sessions. Your consulting attorney will make sure you that you fully understand all of the legal implications of your final Settlement.
If an agreement cannot be reached, you always have the option to litigate your divorce. The mediation process you have gone through remains confidential, and your mediator cannot be called to testify in court, if you choose to litigate after mediation.
We are not divorce lawyers and cannot provide legal advice or prepare legal documents. Each party should retain their own divorce attorney to review the financial reports and advise you of your legal rights and obligations.
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