In a Divorce in Kindness Mediation, you and your spouse will meet with an experienced, trained and neutral mediator to discuss and resolve the issues in your divorce or family matter. The mediator assists each side to articulate their goals and true interests and provides a creative problem solving framework.
Mediation is a voluntary, collaborative and constructive process where the goal is to find the way to end your marriage as amicably, fairly and cost effectively as possible.
You and your spouse will meet your neutral and impartial mediator and learn about divorce mediation, how it compares to litigation in court. We help you decide if mediation is right for you.
We provide you with reference information and materials to help you with the gathering of documents and details you will need in order to make informed decisions.
The mediation sessions are where the couple and the mediator begin the negotiation process. The Mediator will lead the discussion and both participants will have an opportunity to be heard on each and every issue. What issues get addressed is entirely dependent on the mediator and the couple. Often times, it is beneficial and important to try and come to an agreement on parenting issues at the outset. Other times, it is appropriate to jump right into budgeting and financial issues. One of the benefits of mediation is that there is no strict and rigid formula to apply to each couples mediation process. The mediator is there to make suggestions and act as a guide. Our experienced and skilled divorce mediator will listen to each parties' needs and desires and help you decide the order in which to address the various issues.
You and your spouse will have the option of involving other professionals which may be helpful to your decision-making process, such as financial professionals, accountants, appraisers, therapists, mental heath professionals, co-parenting specialists and others.
Once all of the issues have been resolved, the mediator will draft the Settlement Agreement and, if applicable, a parenting plan, which will control the terms of the divorce or paternity. This settlement agreement will eventually be incorporated into the Judgment of Divorce so the terms agreed upon will have the force of a court order. Drafting, proofing, and editing the divorce agreement and divorce papers until both parties are satisfied with the agreement and sign the settlement are the final steps in the mediation process.