What is Divorce Mediation?

More than 40% of American marriages end in divorce, at a whopping average cost of $20,000 to $50,000 per  couple in legal fees. There is a much less expensive way to dissolve a marriage – a mediated divorce. Ending a marriage is hard enough on a family, so why ruin everyone’s financial future too?  If you are considering divorce, divorce mediation is an alternative.

Divorce mediation empowers you to make all decisions that will shape your future life. The meetings are conducted in a warm non-threatening atmosphere where you and your spouse decide what will be best for both of you as you enter a new experience after divorce.  Dr. Fabiano’s twenty-five years of experience and divorce mediation training will provide assistance and guidance to help you identify assets and liabilities; together, we will develop a parenting plan, if necessary, that has the best interests of your children as the focal point. The process is concluded with the scribing and filing of your separation and divorce settlement agreement.

The cost of the entire process is significantly lower than the traditional method involving lawyers who represent each of you and require large retainer fees and high hourly rates. There are no losers in mediation.

What is the difference between mediation and litigation? – Divorce mediation involves sitting down with a trained mediator to decide on short and long term plans for after a divorce is final. Issues discussed may include asset division, child custody, alimony, and other concerns. Litigation typically involves both parties retaining separate legal counsel to present their cases to courts, which then construct agreements accordingly.

Will agreements made be legally binding? Yes, agreements made in this process are drafted into a legally binding contract.

2573762303_365ac020f8_b-800Why should I utilize this process? There are many benefits to mediation including cost and time savings. But perhaps one of the most sought after results is the peace of mind divorcing couples receive from being able to mutually work out agreements in which the needs of both parties are carefully considered.

How does the process work? During mediation, divorcing couples sit down with a trained mediator to arrive at a settlement agreement that satisfies the interests of both parties. The agreement is then drafted into a legal contract. Time frame varies for mediation sessions and periods depending upon the needs of the couples involved.

Contact Jerry Fabiano today to learn more about lower stress and lower cost divorce through mediation. Jerry will respond promptly and confidentially to your inquiry.

 

Or call Dr. Jerry Fabiano today at 518-762-4795 to see if divorce mediation is right for you.

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