At Green & Associates, we are mediation-friendly, which means we will assist you in getting your divorce filed and put through the courts if you use a mediator to draft a Memorandum of Understanding. The goal of mediation is generally for relatively amicable parties to decide the terms of their divorce utilizing the services of an independent third party and these terms are then memorialized in a Memorandum of Understanding or MOU. The MOU must then be converted to a legally enforceable Property Settlement Agreement (PSA) which is generally drafted by an attorney. It is the PSA that is incorporated as part of your judgment of divorce and serves as the terms of your divorce.
Green & Associates works with a number of very experienced mediators and if you and your spouse choose mediation, we can help make the process quick, easy and affordable for you. Call us and we can refer you to a very experienced mediator.
Divorce mediation is the process of bringing about a peaceful settlement or compromise between individual disputants through the objective intervention of an experienced impartial third party. The impartial third party, or divorce mediator, interact closely with both parties to work out an agreement based on both parties' needs and desires.
Why Should I Use Divorce Mediation Instead of Traditional Divorce Procedures?
Divorce mediation is a peaceful, less expensive alternative to the traditional, costly, adversarial divorce process. Divorcing through the divorce mediation process will not only save you time, but it will save you money and greatly reduce emotional distress.
How Much Does Divorce Mediation Cost?
Divorce mediation costs much less than traditional litigation.
How Long Does a Divorce Take Using the Divorce Mediation Process?
The divorce mediation process depends on you. You can proceed as quickly or as slowly as you desire. Standard divorces using divorce mediation take 2-3 months or less, while traditional divorces often take a year or longer to finalize.
How Do I Choose a Divorce Mediator?
Green & Associates works with a number of very experienced divorce mediators.
What if I Change My Mind About Divorce Mediation?
Choosing divorce mediation does not mean that you give up your right to go to court. If you decide that divorce mediation is not right for your situation or if you are not completely pleased with the divorce mediation process, you can stop at any time, retain an attorney and proceed with the traditional litigation process, where a judge decides the outcome of your divorce.
Do I Have to Get a Separate Divorce Lawyer to Complete the Paperwork?
Green & Associates will prepare your actual uncontested divorce documents based on the terms of your MOU. Mediators generally only prepare the MOU and do not put through the uncontested divorce.
How Will Divorce Mediation Affect My Children?
Divorce mediation will greatly benefit your children as it helps prevent heated custody battles, easing your children's distress. Throughout the divorce mediation process, you help decide what is best for your children including custody, child support, visitation, and other parenting concerns. In addition, it gives your children the opportunity to see their parents are still able to work together to make important decisions.