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Divorce Mediation FAQ
How does mediation work?
Mediation is a collaborative process in which both parties work with a neutral third party, the mediator, to help them come to agreements as far as their settlement. Mediation is a short, well structure process and it is typically very helpful to the parties because it offers a quick, amicable, affordable way to get a divorce without unnecessary agony and excruciating legal fees.
Who drafts the divorce agreement and who does the paperwork?
Dr. Rozen drafts the divorce agreement and works with a paralegal that handles your paperwork and files you with the court. This is a beginning to end service and you do not have to look for someone to file for you or hire an attorney for filing purposes.
Do we need to hire attorneys?
You do not have to hire attorneys; however, it is advisable to hire attorneys to review your draft on your behalf. In that case, the attorneys take the role of advisors and their role is to provide feedback on the draft, for which they are paid hourly for a few hours of their time.
How long does mediation take?
Mediation is a short, well-structured process. A typical mediation is about three to four meetings of up to two hours each, beyond the free consultation.
What happens in the consultation meeting?
The consultation meeting is an hour long and very informative. It is a meeting for both of you. In that meeting, Dr. Rozen creates with both of you the agenda for your agreement and goes over the process step by step: how does it work, duration, fee, what to bring and what to expect. This is a very important meeting that not only gives both of you important information as far as the process, but also sets the foundation for the process.
How much does mediation cost?
Dr. Rozen works with all of her clients on a flat fee basis. This allows for complete transparency and prevents any hidden fees or surprises. Once you have met with Dr. Rozen for the free consultation meeting and your agenda was created, it allows her to evaluate your case and your flat fee. Mediation is always on the affordable side and is a fraction of the cost of litigation- there is no need to spend a fortune on your divorce.
My spouse is out of state. Can we still mediate?
Yes. Long distance mediation is a common choice when one of the parties is not local, and skype, phone conferences and emails are used for that purpose.
Do we have to be in the same room?
Not at all. Any work format that you are both comfortable with works for this process, and while most people are in the same room for at least most of the times, others are in separate rooms or schedule meetings at different times. The goal is to reach a settlement, and any format that works is ok.
What are the benefits of mediation?
Mediation is a cost effective, quick, amicable and reasonable alternative to court litigation. The agreement is just as binding and the process is a lot less devastating. In mediation, the agreement is tailored based on your specific situation and lives and there is a lot of flexibility: some people remain co owners of certain assets such as a house, business or timeshare, others have flexible parenting schedules- we make sure to take the most financially responsible decisions for you and for your family. There is no reason to lose money just because you are getting divorced. Confidentiality is another important benefit of mediation: because the agreement was reached behind closed doors it is completely confidential, which is more than critical in today’s electronic age.
What do we need to bring with us?
To the free consultation meeting, just bring yourselves. Following the free consultation, Dr. Rozen will send both of you a follow up email with the agenda and with a detailed list of what you would need to bring to your first meeting, based on your agenda. You are welcome to also read Dr. Rozen’s article How to Prepare for Your First Mediation Session: Your Eight Steps Plan in the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelle-rozen/how-to-prepare-for-your-f_b_4109798.html