How long does it take?
Most divorce mediations take between one and three sessions. We meet together in my office or using the Zoom platform for 2-hour sessions. We schedule sessions 1-2 weeks apart so that you have time to gather the information you need between appointments. When we meet for our consultation your mediator gives an estimate of how long your case may take based on the information you provide.
What are the topics?
During the mediation session, we discuss all the topics that are important to you both. After the initial consultation, your mediator provides a list of important items to prepare for your divorce or separation. You share the information and documents with each other to help you both make informed decisions for your family.
How does mediation differ from court?
In the mediation process, you never go to court. We draft a confidential settlement agreement for your separation, divorce, or custody arrangements. This differs from the litigation path, if you go to court it may take several years and is significantly more expensive. Your mediator accomplishes this by carefully guiding you through the process, helping couples to focus on important needs and the best interests of the children. In court, a judge or attorney decides your family’s future.
Does divorce mediation require a retainer?
NO! Unlike attorneys who demand upfront retainers of $5,000, $7,500 or more for divorce or custody matters, no retainer is required for mediation. You simply pay as you go for each session. Your mediator accepts checks, cash, or credit cards for your convenience.
We are not really getting along, can we still mediate?
YES! Most mediating couples are amicable, but many couples are nervous about mediating together in person. Even if you are struggling to communicate well, it is possible to work together peacefully with the help of a qualified mediator. Although initially, emotions can run high, most individuals quickly calm down and participate effectively to solve problems. Mediators guide you step by step using a mediation process that avoids attacks on each other and helps you work together.
Do I need my own attorney or another professional?
In a divorce, it is not always wise to get advice from your family and friends, even if it is well-intentioned. If needed, you may obtain advice from your own professionals such as therapists, accountants, financial planners, lawyers, etc. during the mediation process.
What situations are great for mediation?
Mediation will resolve most situations, even in complicated cases. You decide the exact same issues during mediation as if you went to court. The difference is that you make decisions for you and your family instead of a judge. You determine the outcome, not a third party.
What situations are not good for mediation?
Not all cases are good for mediation, specifically physical or other abuse, or if an individual is impaired by addiction or a mental health disability that prevents that person from making decisions for themselves.
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