Divorce is sad, but it
doesn't have to be emotionally and financially devastating.
Mediation reduces emotional stress, financial expense, and
parental conflict. Mediation empowers couples to make informed
decisions about property rights, debts, custody, and support
the cost of two adversarial lawyers.
Questions About Divorce Mediation
What is divorce
Couples work together with a professional mediator to resolve all
of the issues involved in their divorce including
division of assets (such as real estate, investment accounts, and
retirement benefits), allocation of debts, child and/or spousal
support, and parenting arrangements for minor children.
What does the mediator do?
Mediators have different backgrounds and experience. Out-of-Court
Solutions’ mediators are experienced in law, psychology, and
business. Our mediators help couples fully understand all of the legal,
financial, parenting, and other issues involved in their
situation. Our mediators also help couples communicate, negotiate, explore
alternative ways of resolving disagreements, and deal with the
anger, sadness and other emotions that are likely in these
situations. After a couple has reached full agreement, our
mediators draft a
comprehensive and legally binding settlement agreement.
How does mediation differ from
In mediation, divorcing couples decide what's best for them,
rather than surrendering control to attorneys or a judge. They
reach agreement based on their particular relationship, needs, and
standards. This takes place in a safe, collaborative environment
and is significantly less stressful than the adversarial, win-lose
procedures involved in court-based proceedings.
How much does mediation cost?
Mediation is inexpensive compared to using two separate lawyers
-- with retainers ranging from $2,000 to $7,500 and more,
from each party. That means
you and your spouse will together have to pay $4,000 to
$15,000 or more -- just to get started! With Out-of-Court
Solutions you pay as you go, avoid all costly legal proceedings,
and spend 50 to 75% less -- saving thousands of dollars.
How does mediation benefit children?
All of the mediators with Out-of-Court Solutions have backgrounds
in psychology as well as law, have children of their own, and
strive to help parents focus on the best interests of their
children. In this way, mediation fosters increased communication
and reduced anger between parents, and results in less harm to
children and more cooperative parenting arrangements.
times when it's not appropriate to mediate?
When one spouse is in physical danger, or is unwilling to
participate in good faith, mediation would not be an appropriate
What if we
already agree on lots of issues?
Any of the issues already agreed upon serve as a foundation for resolution of
other issues and overall agreement. This expedites the mediation
and further reduces the cost.
What if we
don't reach agreement?
By law anything said or prepared for mediation is
strictly confidential and barred from being used as evidence if
you are one of the few couples who do not reach full agreement.
What are the
chances for success?
We are very proud of our success rate: over 95% of the couples who
mediate with Out-of-Court Solutions reach full agreement.
How do I get other questions
Arrange for a
complimentary (free) consultation by calling
Out-of-Court Solutions’ Phoenix office
at (602) 404-1500.
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