With the help of our mediators, you will stay control of the decisions that are made, keep your costs down, and remain focused on your future instead of your past.
Mediation is designed to keep you in control of your divorce. You are in the best position to know what you want and need, not a judge or a lawyer, so you should be making the decisions. Our mediators are trained to assist you in having difficult conversations and collaborate with your spouse or partner to find solutions that will work for both of you. Divorce Mediation takes place in a confidential setting that allows you to discuss difficult and sensitive matters and create lasting agreements about property distribution, support and alimony, and parenting arrangements. Our mediators support constructive communication and collaboration. Our mediators help identify the key issues that need to be resolved and work with you to find the best alternatives for all involved. Divorce Done Right also assists you in finalizing your divorce.
Divorce Done Right offers divorcing couples a variety of services to get divorced in least painful way possible for you, your spouse or partner, and your kids. Whether you are interested in divorce mediation, divorce representation, have an uncontested divorce, or any other needs related to your divorce or separation — we can help. Below are some of the common questions asked by our clients.
Divorce Done Right is an innovative mediation service utilizing highly experienced, impartial, Divorce Done Right approved Mediators to help divorcing couples get from one end of the divorce process to the other. The process is typically characterized by greater dialogue and communication and less acrimony than litigated divorces. Couples and/or parents use our mediation service to reach decisions that minimize the adverse impact of divorce or parental disputes on families while saving divorcing couples time and attorney fees.
Divorce Done Right provides a comfortable environment with our Mediation Suites for separating couples or separated/divorced parents to use while resolving all aspects of their divorce or custody issues. Our family Mediators can address custody itself, child support, co-parenting, alimony, equitable distribution of assets/liabilities, or any other issues requiring decision or agreement. The proceedings are entirely discreet. If necessary, other important resources, such as psychologists, attorneys, and financial experts can be included by the parties to help give even more clarity to the decision-making process.
At Divorce Done Right, we recognize that a civil divorce is no small achievement. Our goal is to assure that both parties feel that their issues are being acknowledged and addressed, so that life after divorce is less about what happened then and more about what will happen now. Because, while it may not seem like it at the moment, there is life after divorce, and with the right decisions in place, it can be a good life.
You are not required to hire a lawyer in Pennsylvania or New Jersey in order to get divorced, but you can certainly engage an attorney at any point before, during or after the mediation process. The choice is yours.
While many of our Mediators are lawyers, they will not answer legal questions or provide legal advice. In fact, doing so would be contrary to the ethics of mediation.
If, after speaking with our intake coordinator or Mediator, you are interested in mediation with DivorceDoneRight, you can also discuss us with your attorney and determine the role you desire for your attorney during the mediation process.
If you are not already represented, but wish to be before starting mediation with DivorceDoneRight, we strongly recommend you contact one of the mediation-friendly, resolution-oriented lawyers on our Attorney Referral List, which we are happy to provide to you along with our other materials. These lawyers have worked with our Mediators for many years and have proven their commitment to resolving their clients’ cases as cost-effectively and efficiently as they can. These attorneys believe that mediation is one of the best ways to accomplish this.
No. Some clients proceed successfully through mediation without ever contacting a lawyer. Others succeed with their lawyers available to them throughout the process. It’s up to you. Here are a number of options.
- Consult with a lawyer before coming to mediation. You can seek a legal opinion about the range of probable outcomes related to your issues if you were to use the court system, or you can speak with a lawyer to gain insight into the general laws of divorce. For instance, counsel can advise you on the range of possibilities with child support, alimony, or how your assets are likely to be divided under the divorce code. Getting this information in advance can be helpful to parties in the process, but you and your spouse/partner may decide on a solution that is better suited to your personal situation than whats available under the divorce code.
- Proceed to mediation, and then seek counsel when you determine the need arises.
Some clients choose to research their own legal questions and issues. There are free law libraries in every county courthouse in the Delaware Valley. While we believe that advice from an experienced family lawyer is optimal, there are other sources of legal information.
- Retain a lawyer as a mediation “coach.” Seek advice from an experienced family lawyer to prepare for your sessions and to identify the areas that you should address in mediation. Make sure that your needs are being addressed, and seek advice on the best way to do this.
- Most mediations result in a Memorandum of Understanding summarizing all of the agreements that you reached in your mediation sessions. In this case, we recommend that each party retain separate counsel from our Attorney Referral List to draft the Final Property Settlement Agreement. Counsel can also draft any other agreements that may arise along the way, such as a custody agreement.
When you contact us, you will work with a DivorceDoneRight representative who understands the mediation process. We will recommend the divorce Mediator who is most compatible with your needs. You may request a specific Mediator based on your review of his or her profile.
You can approach this in a number of different ways:
- Simply email your other party a link to this website and let them know you would like them to consider mediation with Divorce Done Right.
- We can send you two sets of brochures and materials, and you can give one set to your other party.
- All of our intake coordinators understand the mediation process. If they can’t answer all of your questions, one of our Mediators will. If, after you’ve spoken with us, you are interested in mediating with Divorce Done Right, you can contact the other party and let them know. If they are hesitant to call us, suggest that they visit our website.
As each case is different, there is no set number of sessions per couple. Sessions usually last about two hours. Every effort is made to keep the number of sessions to a minimum – while ensuring that both parties feel empowered by having their issues “heard,” explored, and resolved.
We recommend the use of any experts who can help a party in mediation to better understand his/her issues and who can provide clarity so that they can make a fair and appropriate decision.
Experts, such as accountants, forensic accountants, real estate appraisers, financial advisors, and others, may counsel either side, or the parties can choose to bring an expert into the mediation to assist them in the valuation and division of assets. There are often tax ramifications to the manner in which alimony and child support are structured, and an accountant can be beneficial for advice in this regard. Financial advisors can help explain retirement plans and provide understanding as to how they may be distributed between the parties.
Child psychologists or family mental health professionals can be helpful in assisting the parties to develop a custody or co-parenting plan or can provide help to parents and children in mediation. As a service to our clients, we have prepared a Family Therapist List of well-regarded therapists throughout the Delaware Valley. These are the mental health professionals who our Mediators have worked with for years and have chosen to endorse because of their excellence.
You are in charge of the mediation process with DivorceDoneRight. DivorceDoneRight does recommend that parents start the process without their children present. Because you are in control of the process, it is your prerogative to discuss this issue at mediation and make a decision.
Often, when parents face this question, they benefit greatly from first seeing a child or family therapist. We have carefully prepared a Family Therapist List of well-regarded therapists throughout the Delaware Valley. These are the therapists who our Mediators have worked with for years and have chosen to endorse because of their excellence.
We charge a flat, hourly rate for our mediation services. We do not charge a retainer. Payment is due at the time of each mediation session. Unless you decide beforehand, you will determine early in the mediation process how the cost will be shared or paid.
This is the legal term for dividing marital assets and marital debts.
We refer to our locations as Mediation Suites because they meet the DivorceDoneRight standards for comfort, privacy, convenience, and suitability for mediation. Unlike courthouse meeting rooms, which are often sterile, uncomfortable, and unaccommodating, you will find our surroundings pleasant and conducive to quality mediation.
Yes. Parents who were never married can seek to resolve child and legal custody issues. Same sex partners or couples who never married can use mediation with DivorceDoneRight as an opportunity to address division of property, financial issues, or any other matters of importance to them.
Yes, there are many issues relating to custody, or carrying out financial agreements made during the divorce process, that may be in dispute at some later date.
Issues related to your children change as they grow older. Co-parenting mediation can be a great tool for already divorced parents or parents who were never married. It provides an opportunity for discussion and resolution of issues that arise after a custody agreement has been reached. When parents can promptly address and resolve issues in a way that is responsive to their children’s needs and emotional sensitivities, it goes a long way towards easing their childrens stress when a decision needs to be made by their parents.