When a couple makes the difficult decision to get divorced, the weeks and months to follow do not have to be full of painful arguments, sneaky attacks, and tension. Mediation is a healthy, confidential process that focuses on clarifying both spouses’ perspectives, developing fair alternatives, exploring consequences, and making good decisions.
The Initial Consultation
First, you and your spouse will join one of our mediators for a consultation and assessment, where we will discuss the full mediation process to come. You and your mediator will work out the details of scheduling, length of sessions, and the location of your mediation.
Together, we will address your concerns, go over both your assets and debts, and come up with a plan for moving forward. The plan includes
- Establishing the basic principles and ground rules for successful mediation
- Gathering and discussing important financial documents
- Creating appropriate future budgets for separating into two households
Your mediator will walk you through this plan and ensure all your questions and concerns are addressed every step of the way.
Agreeing on the Terms of the Divorce
One of the biggest parts of divorce is the division of marital property. Your mediator will help you put everything on the table, including your retirement savings, insurance benefits, tax obligations, estate and more. We’ll then work out how to divide your assets in a way that makes sense. We’ll also resolve alimony questions.
If you and your spouse have kids, we will come up with a custody agreement and resolve child support obligations and any questions about future care. We’ll also write a parenting plan, so both you and your spouse are on the same page about your goals and your child’s needs.
Finalizing the Terms of Your Divorce
At this point, everything you’ll have worked out with your mediator is in draft form. To finalize the agreement, we will review and make any necessary changes to the agreement draft and parenting plan. Once a final agreement is ready, you and your spouse will sign the document.
File for Divorce
With a mediator on your side, the divorce filing is simple. We’ll give you the court forms you need to sign. Once the mandatory waiting period is over, you and your spouse will receive a divorce decree. At this point, it’s time to start moving forward with your future plans.
Even after the divorce is final, parties can return to DivorceDoneRight for mediation of recurring or new disputes or co-parenting issues.
Contact DivorceDoneRight to Get Started with Mediation
Once you and your spouse or partner decide mediation with DivorceDoneRight is for you, we’ll recommend one of our experienced mediators best suited to your individual needs and priorities. You can also choose a mediator by his or her bio on this website.
There are four ways for you to contact DivorceDoneRight:
|Call us at 866-DD-Right (866-337-4448)|
|E-mail us at info@DivorceDoneRight.com|
|Fill out our Request for Mediation form to provide the information we need|
|Speak with a knowledgeable DivorceDoneRight intake specialist to learn about mediation and our mediators. Several of our intake specialists are bilingual.|
If one or both of you are undecided about mediation, you can request an orientation at a reduced fee. This is ideal for couples who want to learn more about mediation, meet their potential mediator, ask questions before proceeding. If you choose to proceed with DivorceDoneRight, you can begin at the end of your orientation or schedule your next session.Contact us today to learn more about mediation. You could save thousands of dollars and proceed with your divorce in a fair, supportive manner.