Peaceful Divorce Solutions
Divorce Mediation & Collaborative Divorce
Let us help you sort it all out.
Keep my cost down
Keep the divorce process moving at a comfortable pace
How I can best protect my kids
Peacefully communicate with my partner
Figure out how to get by on my own
Maintain control of the outcome
“People suffer because they are caught in their views. As soon as we release those views, we are free and we don’t suffer anymore.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh
Work out a fair agreement and finalize your divorce in one place.
You have a lot on your mind. Make the divorce process a little easier by working with one team. As a mediator and attorney, I can facilitate your mediation sessions, draft legal agreements, and file your divorce paperwork.
We’ll determine exactly what you need, so you and your spouse can budget for the entire process, giving you both peace of mind.
Before the sessions begin, I’ll get to know you through an individual questionnaire (provided to each spouse) and a budget form to understand your finances. I find that Divorce Mediation generally requires between three and six approximately two-hour meetings. It all depends on the complexity and number of topics to mediate.
Once you’ve agreed to a set of terms, I’ll draft a Marital Settlement Agreement and a Parenting Agreement (if necessary). These documents will clearly outline everything you both agreed to during mediation. You’ll have ample opportunity to review before signing. You can also have an independent attorney review them first. These documents will be filed with your divorce paperwork, making them legally-binding.
Divorce Filing Paperwork
My team will handle all the details related to your divorce filing and keep you informed through the process. The California Courts describe the divorce filing steps on their websites. However, there are variations depending on your county. We can move you through the necessary forms and waiting periods efficiently to remove this additional headache.
Examples of issues you can work out in Mediation sessions:
- Alimony and Spousal Support
- Child Custody and Visitation
- Child Support
- Paternity Issues
- Parenting Decisions
- Tax Issues
- Asset/Property Division
- Real Estate
“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”
Choose an attorney who’s committed to a peaceful negotiation process.
You can keep your divorce out of the court room, but still benefit from having an experienced family law attorney representing your individual best interests.
I’ll provide expert legal guidance, participate in collaborative sessions with your other neutral advisors, and finalize the agreement with your spouse’s attorney.
Client Consultation and Guidance
We’ll begin by talking through your needs and priorities. I’ll educate you on any laws that may affect your decisions and provide guidance based on my expertise. We’ll strategize together on how best to present your preferred terms – and have a clear understanding of how much you’re willing to negotiate.
I’ll be an active participant in each of your collaborative meetings. Similar to mediation sessions, the goal is to work out the terms of your marital settlement agreement. At a minimum, the other members of the team would include your spouse’s attorney and a neutral divorce coach to facilitate the meeting. You may also wish to include a neutral financial or child specialist. The number of meetings depends on the complexity and number of topics to discuss.
Marital Settlement Agreement & Divorce Paperwork
Since there are two attorneys in collaborative divorce, the Marital Settlement Agreement will be drafted and reviewed by both parties.
You can choose to handle the divorce paperwork yourself or work out the cost of having one of the attorneys prepare and file the documents on your behalf.
FAQs about Our Services
Will you provide legal advice?
Divorce Mediation – I will be acting as a third-party mediator, not in the role of attorney. I can provide legal information, but cannot offer legal advice. If you’d like to get a lawyer’s perspective at any time during or after the mediation process, you are within your rights (and encouraged) to do so. I recommend having an independent attorney review the agreement once you and your spouse have approved the terms for peace of mind.
Collaborative Divorce – I will be acting as an attorney on behalf of one client. Therefore, I will provide legal advice to that one client, not both spouses. The other spouse must have a collaboratively trained attorney to represent him/her.
Will the agreement be legally binding?
During the process, you both still reserve the right to change your mind at any time during the negotiations. Once all issues are resolved and agreed upon, I will prepare a final document with the collaboration of the other attorney. After the document is signed by you and your spouse and approved by the courts, the agreement will become binding.
What’s the benefit of having an attorney act as the mediator?
Even though I cannot provide legal advice while acting as mediator, I will inform you of all your basic legal rights and obligations under the law so you can make informed decisions for your agreement. I can also offer potential solutions based on my legal experience working with many clients. However, all final decisions rest with the couple.