Mediation

Divorce Mediation is an alternative to court. Separating couples have a structured conversation directed by impartial mediators. The goal is to reach an agreement on the issues dividing them. These issues usually include child custody, child access, child support, division of assets, division of liabilities, and spousal support.

Mediation ImageFree Consultation

  • Decide if Mediation is for You
  • Answer Questions About the Process
  • Do It Before or After Filing for Divorce
  • Everything is Confidential

 The Six Steps of Mediation

Step 1: Agree to Mediate

  • Pay as You Go: No Retainer
  • Schedule Your Initial 2 Hour Session
  • Gather Specific Documents & Info.
  • Bi-Weekly Sessions; Averages 3 to 6
  • Payment Required @ Start of Session
  • Cash, Check, & Credit Cards Accepted

Step 2: Exchange Documentation

  • Couple Given “Homework” Before Each Session
  • Use Forms Designed by E.F.S. to Gather Info.
  • Complete a Detailed Budget: Income & Expenses
  • Inventory Your Assets & Liabilities
  • Procure Financial Documents or Expert Opinions
  • All Documents are Scanned & “Saved in the Cloud”

Step 3: Identify Needs & Interests

  • Meaningfully Discuss What Your Children Need
  • Identify Your Own Needs & Interests
  • Separate Present Emotions: Anger & Guilt
  • Forward Facing — Not Backward Looking

Step 4: Build a Parenting Plan

Step 5: Develop Property Options

  • Everything is on the Table
  • Customize to Fit Your Parenting Style
  • Encourage Consultation With Outside Professionals
  • Research Legal, Tax, Real Estate, and Other Issues

Step 6: Negotiate & Formalize Agreement

  • Mediators Provide Memorandum of Understanding
  • Parties Strongly Encouraged to Consult with Attorney
  • Attorney’s Review is Second Look, Not to Renegotiate