The Divorce Mediation Process
Dennis’ goal is to facilitate a Family Friendly Divorce. All meetings include both spouses. He acts as a neutral third party helping them through the process easily and swiftly, reaching a settlement in both parties’ best interest. He does not solely represent either party in the traditional legal sense.
Step One: Initial Consultation
After your initial complimentary phone consultation, Dennis will send you forms to complete. After completing the forms, Dennis will set up a meeting in person to discuss the history of your marriage and review the information provided on the forms.
After listening to each spouse, Dennis will develop a true understanding of your individual situation and address all concerns. Dennis will make recommendations in the best interest of both of you and your children or dependents, if you have them. He will then determine approximately how many sessions it will require to reach your agreement depending on the complexity of your situation.
Step Two: Mediation Sessions
During your mediation sessions, Dennis will work with you to resolve all aspects of your divorce settlement agreement. With his experience as a mediator, he will help you find the best resolution to important topics including but not limited to:
- Distribution of Assets and Liabilities
- Determination of Spousal Support
- Division of Pensions and/or Retirement Accounts
- Determination of Child Custody
- Determination of Child Support
Dennis will address all of these matters meticulously which will be outlined in detail in your divorce settlement agreement. This will avoid the unnecessary financial and emotional burden of having the courts interfere and make your decisions for you.
Step Three: Drafting and Filing of Paperwork
After completing your mediation sessions, Dennis will draft your divorce settlement agreement. Both you and your spouse will receive copies of the agreement with the opportunity to review thoroughly.
After you and your spouse have agreed on the final divorce settlement agreement, the paperwork will need to be filed with the court. Some couples choose to file the paperwork themselves, others choose to have Dennis file the paperwork on their behalf. He will take the time to discuss the options to help you decide which choice is best for you.