You’re divorcing and have decided to mediate rather than litigate. Good choice. Mediation cuts down on the costs, time and conflict often associated with traditional litigation. Still, divorce is a legal matter and some couples might feel more comfortable mediating with an attorney’s guidance.
Attorney-assisted mediation is the answer.
Through attorney-assisted mediation, both parties have the option of working with an attorney – as much or as little as they see fit. We have assembled a first-rate team of compassionate professionals committed to making the divorce process as painless as possible, and reaching agreements that benefit all parties.
Our skilled, experienced professionals have a simple goal: To help clients communicate and work together effectively for the best agreement possible. We’re committed to offering expert divorce-mediation services in the Philadelphia and South Jersey region.
HOW IT WORKS
As with any mediated divorce, the professional mediator is in charge. The mediator sets the tone and flow of negotiations, and gathers information, sets priorities and finalizes documents. As a neutral party, the mediator helps couples communicate, explore options and reach agreements.
The attorney, meanwhile, provides legal advice and support. And the level of attorney involvement is up to the client. Attorneys may be present during sessions or available by phone before, during or after the mediation. Unlike traditional litigated divorce, the attorney represents neither party. The attorney offers legal guidance as needed.
Clients enter into attorney-assisted mediation in good faith, and are responsible for making all decisions related to the divorce.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
- It lowers the costs of divorce while providing legal resources.
- It’s quicker, because couples communicate directly. No speaking through an attorney.
- It’s confidential and not subject to public record.
- It greatly reduces conflict, benefitting everyone.
WHAT IF I STARTED WITH A TRADITIONAL MEDIATION?
No worry. Attorney-assisted mediation is available even when a couple begins with a traditional mediation. Clients may opt for the attorney-assisted service at any point.
WHAT IF WE STILL CAN’T REACH AN AGREEMENT?
Mediation offers flexibility in this area. If mediation falls through and the clients go to court, the same attorneys who advised the parties during mediation may represent them. The attorneys are not subject to collaborative-law rules that would force them to withdraw if the case goes to court.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
We require no retainer fee for the attorneys or the mediator. The clients pay an hourly fee for attorney services and the mediator. No surprises, no hidden fees, no shock when the bill arrives.
Although it’s not possible to estimate the final cost since clients are billed by the hour and every divorce is different, mediation is always the most affordable option. It’s a low-cost divorce compared to collaborative-law or traditional divorces, as much as 40 to 70 percent less.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
On average, clients reach an agreement through attorney-assisted mediation in four to six months.
Please contact us for more information.