Legal Separation


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Oliver Ross JD, PhD
Suzette Pintard, JD


Divorce and Family

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Mediation of the issues involved in legal separation reduces emotional stress. Couples make informed decisions about property rights, debts, custody, and support with the help of a professional mediator and avoid the expense of two adversarial lawyers.  

Frequently Asked Questions About Mediation of
Legal Separation

How does legal separation differ from divorce?

Legal separation ends community property rights and obligations but the couple remains married. For example, when legally separated each spouse’s income is their sole and separate property, and one spouse can no longer obligate the other for any debt he or she incurs. On the other hand, divorce ends both the marriage and community property rights and obligations.

How does the mediation of a legal separation work?

Mediation of legal separation occurs in the same way and typically involves the same issues as mediation of divorce. Couples work together with a professional mediator to reach agreements concerning division 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?

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 court-based divorce?

In mediation, 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 come with $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 and law, and strive to help couples 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.

Are there 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 choice.

What if we already agree on lots of issues?

These agreements often serve as a foundation for resolution of other issues and overall agreement, expediting the mediation, further reducing the cost.

What if we don't reach agreement?

By law anything said or prepared for mediation is strictly confidential, barred from being used as evidence should you be 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 answered?

Arrange for a complimentary (free) consultation by calling Out-of-Court Solutions’ Phoenix office at (602) 404-1500. Or click here to contact us by email is a perfect site for Tickets in Washington , DC for Lorde , Capitol Steps, Houndmouth, Chelsea Handler at in Echostage, and Kennedy Center.






“Mr. Ross is a very skillful and effective family  mediator. My family law clients have benefited tremendously by using Out-of-Court Solutions to mediate their family divorce issues. The benefits are threefold: substantially lower overall costs (versus litigation), developing mutually beneficial and creative solutions for parents and spouses; and finally, minimizing tension, anxiety and conflict. I highly recommend his mediation service”
Robert L. Baumann Attorney

“I truly can say that when recommending mediators to my clients and other attorneys, Oliver Ross is at the top of my list. It is rare to have clients call later and thank me for a referral but this is exactly what happens when I send people his way.” 
Gary Frank, Attorney

“As part of my counseling practice I have referred a number of clients to Dr. Ross over the past several years and without exception I have received positive reports regarding his effectiveness and professionalism.”  Thomas M. Mitchell, Ph.D., C.P.C.

“I have on more than one occasion referred clients to Oliver Ross... It did not surprise me that I have received excellent feedback about his services. Situations were resolved to the satisfaction of both individuals and they were impressed with Oliver's skill and empathy. Dr Ross is my first choice for any divorce mediation.” 
Mark Loeser, MA, Family Counselor.