Mediation

What is mediation?

Mediation is a process for resolving disputes utilizing an impartial person, called a mediator. This is an opportunity to resolve disputes in private and on your own timeline. It is also a way to resolve issues that may have complications or uniqueness and will not be heard in the
same manner in a courtroom.

It is important to understand that Mediation is not the right choice for everyone. If all parties are not able or willing to work towards a mutual agreement or there is hostility or abuse of some kind, this process
may not be appropriate for you.

I have been certified as a mediator in MA and studied the mediation process for many years. The formal court process can be anxiety-producing for most people in many of these situations. I have heard from clients over the years about the great length of time that it took to resolve disputes. When I learned about mediation several years ago, I was thankful that there was another option. Once I learned that other professionals other than lawyers can serve as mediators, I began exploring the process of becoming a certified mediator in order to become another person to help facilitate this negotiation for others.

What you can utilize mediation for?

Mediation can be utilized for a variety of disputes.
Topics which I personally can help parties with include:

Estate Planning Disagreements

Child Custody and Support

Disputes over the care of Elderly Parents

Neighbor disputes

Divorce

Divorce Mediation

Today, 39% of marriages end in divorce. Divorce can be a huge financial burden costing, on average, $10,600-$12,800 per individual. Mediation is an option for some couples who feel as though they can solve their disputes privately out of the courtroom and achieve this by spending only a fraction of the average cost.

The process of a divorce can be lengthy as well, with some divorce cases lasting up to 2 years. This is often because of how backed up the court system is. With mediation, this process can move on a timeline that you choose, not one the court chooses for you.

 

Within the mediation process, there are several meetings both together and separately in order to break down all areas of the divorce agreement and complete all the necessary forms to submit to the court for the finality of your divorce. I can help you through this complicated process while working with you to come to an amicable agreement about any area including things such as children, finances, or property.

If you would like to learn more about this process and determine if this would be the right choice for you, please contact me to discuss this further.

Pricing:

I offer a discounted rate for my initial meeting to help facilitate this process and allow clients the opportunity to utilize this time to get to know me and how I work.  This meeting allows me to provide you with an overview of the process of mediation and to determine the best way to begin our work together.

 

Initial 1 hour consult: $150

Follow up meetings: $275 per hour

Administrative work will also be charged at my hourly rate and includes the formulation of the final written divorce agreement.