There are certain questions that new clients seem to ask us with some regularity. We have tried to provide quick and concise answers to many of these questions here. Since consultations are free, please schedule an appointment if you have any other questions.
DO WE HAVE TO AGREE ON EVERYTHING?
No, you can agree on just one issue (and still save on legal fees), or you can come to an agreement on every issue in your case and save a lot of legal fees, stress, and time.
HOW MUCH DOES A DIVORCE COST?
According to a 2006 article on Forbes.com, the average cost of a contested divorce ranges from $15,000 to $30,000. Imagine if you could instead, use that money on yourself and your children.
HOW DO WE MEDIATE ONLINE?
You mediate online the same way that you already communicate online. Our Mediators are flexible and can use whatever form of communication you are comfortable with. When you schedule your initial consultation, our office will contact you to confirm how the meeting will take place, and that will be based on what your preferred method is. We regularly use facetime, Skype, hangouts, and even just audio-only conference calls. It is up to you.
HOW MUCH DOES MEDIATION COST?
Every case is different, but we have found that the cases that we mediate do not cost more than $1,500. On occasion, some complex mediations do cost more, but those are rare and we typically advise our mediation clients to plan on around $1,500.
WHAT TO BRING TO YOUR FIRST MEDIATION APPOINTMENT?
Most people start with a free mediation consultation. Most orientations last 20 - 40 minutes depending on how many questions you have. You do not need to have anything prepared for this consultation.
During the initial consultation, we will tell you what you need to gather for your first session regarding your assets, liabilities, children's schedules, and your goals for the outcome of your case.
IF I'VE ALREADY FILED DIVORCE PAPERS, CAN I STILL MEDIATE?
Yes! We help many couples who are already in the process of a divorce, custody, modification hearing, or court case. We can help you resolve your issues so that you can submit your agreement to the court and avoid expensive litigation and court dates.
IF WE ALREADY HAVE A COURT ORDER, CAN WE STILL MEDIATE?
Yes! A lot of the Court's time is consumed by parties wanting to modify the prior court orders. Post-decree modifications are perfect opportunities to mediate. Both parties know the emotional and financial toll of the original court preceding, so both parties are typically very eager and excited to use mediation rather than litigation the second time around.
HOW LONG DOES MEDIATION TAKE?
Often, it takes less time coming to a mediated agreement than it takes to get the court to sign off on the agreement. The speed of mediation really depends on the parties and their schedules. Mediation could go from start to finish within only one week, but two or three weeks is typical, given most people are busy with life and kids' activities. By the way, the average divorce takes about 10.7 months to complete, if you prefer the litigation route.