Peaceful Divorce & Parenting Plans

Family Law Mediation
Three Rivers Law Center offers mediation services to assist families resolving their family law issues without court intervention. Mediation is a process of conflict resolution where you and your spouse/co-parent negotiate in the same room with a neutral mediator. Both parties must both agree to mediation, and either of you can end the process at any time. For a flat fee, you will meet with a mediator to resolve your issues of support, property, and custody. In the end, you will have a settlement agreement resolving all your issues, which can then be submitted to court and entered as a final judgment.

Why Choose Mediation?
Going to court is not the only way to resolve family law disputes. In fact, judges and divorce attorneys around the country are increasingly recognizing that divorce litigation does not serve families well. It typically worsens the conflict and the emotional strain on everyone involved. Mediation, on the other hand, helps people find solutions that are mutually acceptable and preferable for several reasons: 1) You will both directly participate in finding solutions; 2) You will likely be able to resolve your dispute much sooner; 3) It will cost much less; 4) You may end the process with a better relationship with your former spouse; and 5) You will likely find it less stressful than the court process.

You Make the Decisions
Mediation allows you and your spouse to make all decisions about the issues involved in your case rather than leaving those decisions to a judge. Divorce lawyers commonly negotiate a settlement prior to trial, which also leaves the parties out of the decision-making process.

Faster Process
Court delays and legal battles arise constantly during divorce litigation. In Superior Courts within our area, it is not uncommon for contested divorce cases to take 2-3 years to be resolved. A mediated divorce can be finalized in less than six months.

Lower Cost
When both spouses meet with one mediator, they can share the flat fee. By contrast, when parties retain separate attorneys to represent them in a divorce, each spouse will typically pay a retainer just to get started, with additional retainers required as the case proceeds. You will not typically know what the financial cost will be until after the divorce is finalized. The current average cost of divorce litigation nationwide ranges from $10,000 – $15,000 per spouse, with the most contentious cases often going much higher.

An Opportunity for Healing
Whether you will have to deal with your spouse after the divorce or not, the mediation process can provide a chance to clear the air and establish a new relationship, as well as a feeling of closure. Court battles often open new (and old) wounds and when they are over, you may be more upset than when the process started. When children are involved, the mediation process can help prevent the damaging effects of parents who do not speak to one another, or are openly angry at each other.

Lower Stress
Going to court for divorce is an emotionally draining process. Your lives will often be “on hold” for as long as three years as the lawyers maneuver and the court delays hearings and trial. Instead, you and your spouse can participate in private mediation sessions in a calm and productive atmosphere without the court’s involvement. Mediation is flexible and confidential. It gives you and your spouse a way to settle the conflict between you, in a way that helps you to move forward after your divorce. The way your marriage ends will significantly impact the way you approach your future relationships. When you use a mediator to help both of you communicate and make important decisions, it can be easier to move forward and accept the past, rather than turning hurt and anger into an expensive court battle.

Three Rivers Law Center Will Prepare All Necessary Court Documents
Many people try to do their own divorce filings, but run into difficulty trying to understand the laws and the complex paperwork involved. If you do not feel comfortable preparing the required court documents, we will complete all of the paperwork for an additional flat fee.

Both parties must participate in an initial free consultation to determine if your divorce is appropriate for mediation. Read more about the mediation process itself here, and an overview of what to expect when you call us to start the process here. Contact us at 442-4101 when you are ready to get started.

Three Rivers Law Center retains the right to determine the suitability of mediation in each matter.

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