Mediation can be the best approach for an amicable resolution of individual issues or an divorce. This assumes both you and your spouse, or former spouse, are emotionally able to participate in the decision making process, are informed or willing to be educated about the family finances, and are capable of understanding your legal rights once explained. All communications are private and confidential. By choosing Mediation, you will have a high level of control over all aspects of the divorce process; from the frequency and duration of each mediation session, the terms of the settlement, and whether to include attorneys or outside experts in the process. Control over the process not only enables you to manage costs but also results in an agreement that is more likely to be adhered to since you, rather than the court, have developed the terms of the settlement. Mediation can be done virtually or in person, depending on your individual preference.
In a settlement conference, an attorney assists the parties by evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the case and attempting to negotiate a settlement of the disputes, like you would be ordered to attend prior to trial. What is the benefit of a settlement conference?
- PRO: Cannot Be Used Against You:
- PRO: Gives You Control Over the Outcome:
- PRO: Quicker Resolution:
- PRO: Cheaper than Trial:
- PRO: Input from an experienced attorney to help resolve your dispute providing the legal basis for a position
- PRO: Court system is so busy, Judges like parties to settle their cases, when possible
Full Day Mediation or Settlement Conference
Price includes review of both briefs and exhibits, and both Preliminary Declarations of Disclosure. Total cost: $5,000 (or $2,500 each party)
Half Day Mediation or Settlement Conference
Half day mediations are best for cases when there are limited issues to resolve. Mediation Time Options:
Morning sessions would be from 8am to 12pm or Afternoon sessions would be from 1:00pm to 5:00pm Price includes review of both briefs and exhibits Total cost: $2,500 (or $1,250 each party)
Prenuptial AgreementsA prenuptial agreement is not just for the wealthy any more. There’s no better way to start your relationship than to know and understand and protect yourself going into the future.
Post Nuptial Agreements For many couples an after marriage, or post nuptial agreement, brings comfort of knowing that as they continue through their marital relationship, they have a clearer of their assets and the rules of engagement throughout the marriage.
Strategy Sessions Strategy is important especially if you don’t see the direction in which your case is moving, if you feel your case has stalled, or if it always feels like you are on the defense.