1. Save Time. Court takes between 9-18 months. Mediation takes between 1-3 months.
2. Save Money. Court proceedings are 4-5 times higher than mediation. Although most attorneys and mediators charge by the hour, parties who use mediation are paying one professional (the mediator) and not two attorneys to duplicate work and prepare for every eventuality the other side put forth.
3. Reduce Drama. Mediation cuts through the nonsense. In mediation, the parties talk about the problem and the solutions to the problem. No posturing for the other side (which attorneys love to do… and get paid for it). If a party gets off-track, the mediator guides them back to the agenda. If a party has an unrealistic solution that doesn’t take into account both parties, the mediator will reality-check them.
4. Get Control. When parties submit their divorce to the court to decide, the parties lose control over their future. Mediation requires that both parties agree on the solutions, which means you control your custody arrangements and your support obligations.
5. Create an opportunity to repair relationships. Although you are getting a divorce, you still likely need to have a functional relationship with the other party. Because mediation requires you work together to determine the terms of your divorce, you learn different ways to interact and communicate. You also create the future expectations for how the party will interact with you.
“Julie, thank you for making the process of my divorce so much easier than I thought it would be. I greatly appreciate your knowledge, experience, honesty and talent for getting the job done as quick and painless as possible.”
C.P., DIVORCE MEDIATION CLIENT
“Julie, Words cannot express how thankful I am to have found you to handle this very difficult change in my life. You are amazing at what you do and I truly felt comfort, strength, and support from you… and that you had my best interests at heart!”