Step 1: Order the pre-Mediation package
To keep your costs down as much as possible, you are provided a pre-mediation homework package designed to help both of you get organized for your first mediation session. Your $50 payment for the Pre-Mediation Homework Package applies to your Mediation Services, so there’s no extra cost and little risk!
Step 2: Schedule your first mediation session
Your first joint 2-hour mediation session with your Mediator will be very comprehensive and help you both explore all your options for moving forward before ever committing to anything. At the end of the session, you will be provided a detailed summary of what was discussed, a list of action items to work on between sessions, tentative agreements reached (non-binding, in good faith), and next steps. Most couples reach full agreement in 1 – 3 mediation sessions.
Step 3: File your First Set of Court Documents
We prepare your initial court filings (Petition package and Acceptance of Service) in a neutral manner, so you can start the court process and the 60-day clock before having to decide anything. The manner in which we prepare your initial filings keeps you out of the litigation process so you won’t be required to attend hearings or file any litigation motions. We will provide detailed instructions on how to e-file the initial court documents, or for an additional fee, we will e-file for you.
Step 4: Decide on a Financial Division
and a Parenting Plan
Your Mediator will help you get a full picture of your community finances and guide you through decisions to help you both meet your individual and family goals, given your particular financial situation. Items discussed will include division of assets and debts and spousal maintenance. If you have minor children, you will also be assisted in making decisions around parenting time, child support, legal decision-making and kids’ expenses.
Step 5: Finalize Your Consent Decree of Divorce
We will prepare all of your final divorce documents including your Consent Decree of Dissolution (divorce) and associated documents and exhibits. The court does yet not allow e-filing of your final documents, so we will provide written instructions on how to file it in person yourselves (only one of you would spend a few minutes at the court). Alternatively, we can have a courier file for you for an additional fee. Once filed, the Judge will likely sign and mail back your final divorce decree within a few weeks. The date stamped on the front of your Consent Decree of Dissolution (divorce) will be your official divorce date.