What is Divorce Mediation and why would divorcing couples use the process and not the traditional route?
The Traditional Divorce Process is based on a ‘Conflict Model’.
This model promotes the divorcing parties to be hostile to one another, to disagree with one another, to elongate the process of divorce, to be in conflict at such a heightened level that it is impossible for the divorcing parties to agree, and therefore, an unkown third-party is required to decide the fate of finances and the children.
Why? The Conflict Model creates the need to spend large amounts of money on a divorce. It is a revenue-producing model that takes control of major life decisions away from the divorcing parties.
Divorce Mediation is based on the ‘Facilitative Model’.
This model promotes safe, constructive, and productive dialogue between the divorcing parties to arrive at a fair and equitable division of martial assets/debts and decides the child custody plan. The model reduces conflict, therefore shortens the time to agreement, which reduces costs, lowers stress, and arrives at an agreement that the divorcing parties decide on themselves.
DMS offers professional services for the Divorce Mediation process that involves the Division of Marital Assets/Debts and the Parenting Plan. These are the two main components of divorce.
The goal of Mediation is the production of a document co-created by the divorcing parties called the Memorandum of Understanding that is used to achieve an Uncontested Divorce.
DMS has on staff Professional Divorce Mediators as well as Certified Divorce Financial Advisors.
The Professional Divorce Mediator will assist the parties in the mediation process to decide all financial terms as well as the child custody guidelines. The mediation process culminates in the creation of the Memorandum of Understanding that the parties will use to request an Uncontested Divorce.
The Certified Divorce Financial Advisors advise on complex and unique financial dynamics such as investment portfolios, pensions, business values, tax implications to arrive at the optimum financial plan for both parties.
How can divorce mediation lower the cost of my divorce?
If divorce cases are not settled by agreement, you will be going to trial.
If the issues in your case are many, or if they are complex, the attorney fees and other costs of going to trial can be substantial.
By settling your case with mediation, you will likely save tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees, and end up with the same or similar circumstance as you would in using attorneys and judges to decide your divorce.
At DMS, we offer a complimentary (no fees) consultation for divorcing parties that are interested in learning more about Divorce Mediation, and how this process can provide an economical, efficient, and low stress result that both sides have a direct input in creating.
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When divorcing parties have children together the health and well-being of those involved is the priority of mediation. The Parenting Plan includes the custody arrangement that best suits the children and the parties’ life circumstances.