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Divorce

divorce mediation

Divorce Mediation is the process where you and your spouse hire a neutral third party, called a mediator, to meet with you in an effort to discuss and resolve the issues in your divorce. The mediator does not make decisions for you, but rather serves as a facilitator to help you and your spouse figure out what is best for you and your spouse as well as your children. The mediator is neutral and doesn’t “work” for either parent. This means the mediator cannot give advice to either party. They must remain neutral no matter what the situation. What the mediator can do, though, is assist the you and your spouse in formulating ideas that can eventually lead to agreements that will stand the test of time. That open and free exchange of information frees up both spouses to negotiate with each other in confidence. Because both spouses are working with the same base of information, it usually takes far less time to negotiate a solution that makes sense to both spouses.

With Ellie’s help, you and your spouse will work through the issues that need to be resolved so that your marriage can end as amicably and cost effectively as possible. She will assist in opening communication between you and your spouse to brainstorms ideas, ensure that expectations are realistic, nurture empathy, and provide clarity within the decision-making process. Ellie’s compassionate approach formulates a respectful relationship between spouses that is beneficial to all those involved.

Watch this video to learn more about Divorce Mediation and why it is the best choice when going through a divorce.
Ellie discusses her passion for mediation and why she feels that mediation is the best option when going through a divorce. Ellie has successfully guided thousands toward settlement.

Uncontested/Mediated Divorce – We Work with Both Parties
In addition to the preparation and filing of your divorce paperwork, this option includes mediation which allows both spouses to collectively decide on the outcome of their own divorce.  During mediation we will guide you and your spouse through the issues that need to be resolved so that your marriage can end as amicably and cost effectively as possible.  For this service, we charge $1,500 up front plus a $500 monthly payment for a minimum period of 7 months plus $478.50 filing fee ($435 plus $43.50 efiling fee).  If your divorce is not finalized in the 7-month contract time-frame or you need additional post Judgment services such as a QDRO, the monthly payments will continue until all services are completed.  Please see the attached Divorce Payment Plan Contract for further details. 

Divorce Mediation can work for almost all couples and has a long list of benefits.

  • It is less expensive than a court trial or a series of hearings
  • Most often it ends in a settlement of all the issues
  • It is confidential – there is no public record of what goes on in your sessions
  • It allows you to arrive at a resolution based on your own ideas of what is fair in your situation, rather than having a solution imposed upon you based on rigid and impersonal legal principles
  • You can still have a lawyer give you legal advice if you wish
  • You and your spouse, not the court, can control the process
  • It can improve communication between you and your spouse, helping you avoid future conflicts

Paperwork Only Service
This service is offered for those couples who have NO CHILDREN, NO PROPERTY OR SPOUSAL SUPPORT ISSUES to be ordered by the court.  The cost for this service is a $1,500 plus $478.50 filing fee ($435 plus $43.50 efiling fee).  Our office only deals with the Petitioner and all financial exchanges take place privately between the parties without our involvement (unlike the first option).  After engaging our office, the only interaction between our office and the client will be the requesting of information and sending paperwork for review and signing.  This is a paperwork only service and must be resolved completely within 3 months of commencement. If not completed at the end of 3 months and you would like our office to continue to assist you, you can opt to go onto a $500 monthly payment plan until the final Judgment is entered.