Can You Afford a Litigated Divorce?
When lawyers are hired to hash out a settlement for you, a battle mentality develops. You learn to treat your spouse as the enemy, while you spend tens of thousands of dollars you’d rather spend on your children’s college education or a new home. We want a better future for you.
You want to protect your children, your assets, and your serenity, but you may not know how to do that except by hiring lawyers to begin a protracted, expensive, and emotionally exhausting process over which you have very little control. We at Divorce Mediation & Counseling, LLC know the financial and emotional hardships that come with a litigated divorce. We are here to help you avoid the casualties associated with this method so often used to end marriages.
Our goal is to assist you in creating a Mediated Settlement Agreement which puts you in control, reduces the expense of the divorce process and changes destructive emotions to constructive ones so you can move toward a healthier future. The Mediated Settlement Agreement you create with DMC is binding once signed and will be used by the attorney to draw up your Final Divorce Decree. The decisions for this agreement are made by you instead of lawyers or a judge.
What to Expect from Divorce Mediation & Counseling, LLC
At your initial session you will sign an agreement for our services and receive “homework” that helps you consider what you would like in the way of property assignment and parenting responsibilities, if you have children. You will also schedule your two 2-hour sessions of individual co-parenting education.
Certificate of Co-parenting Education
When children are part of your divorce, our goal is to help you promote their sense of stability and security with a positive outlook on life – now and years down the road. Courts may require parents to attend co-parenting education for a minimum of 4 hours.
Unlike online courses or other parenting classes, ours is not a generic, one-size fits all approach, but geared toward your specific situation and needs. We meet with you individually for these sessions because that’s how you will be working in your separate homes. When you have completed it, we present you with a certificate of completion with your Mediated Settlement Agreement. This parenting course and the certificate are included in your package price.
Following your co-parenting sessions, you will be ready to begin mediation. You will meet together in mediation to discuss property and parenting issues, bearing in mind that you know your family’s needs better than a stranger who has a predetermined set of guidelines that must be followed.
Together with your mediator you will create a Mediated Settlement Agreement that will be used by an attorney to finalize your Divorce Decree for Court approval. The attorneys we work with will honor your agreement and process it with the Court for a nominal fee.