divorce mediation

Save time. Save Money. Get on with Your Life! Have a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst expertly facilitating the details of your financial division and an experienced mediator working through a co-parenting plan for your family. We offer a symphony of legal, financial and mediation expertise to help you divorce without the mess.
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A Unique Divorce Solution that Works

 

Do you and your spouse know divorce is inevitable but don’t want a long, expensive battle?   Have you heard horror stories about divorce or had a bad divorce in the past and don’t want to relive that experience? 

Are you concerned the divorce process might cost too much and you will lose control?    Are you worried about your children’s well being?  

Early Intervention divorce mediation in Texas is a way to divorce without the long, drawn-out battle. 

Stay out of court – get on with your life.

Mediators often struggle with properly educating a couple on the financial complexities of their settlements. Not at Divorce Strategies Group.   At DSG we combine the expertise of a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst trained in all of the financial intricacies of divorce with our experience as financial advisors coupled with hundreds of hours of mediation to offer a whole new model – Cooperative Divorce. There’s no need to make agreements that aren’t fully informed, educated and future tested. At Divorce Strategies Group we’re offering a mediation experience like no other. Facilitating communication is great, but don’t you want to be sure you have ALL of your property settlement options on the table? We provide  ideas for creative settlement solutions to ensure you will BOTH be ok in the next phase of your lives. Why go anywhere else?

Professional Divorce Mediation in Texas is a Simple 6 Step process:

1: An initial meeting where we can learn about your situation, answer any questions you have, and get clarity on the desired outcomes of each party. At that meeting we’ll give you a list of documents to provide to us and client data sheets to complete.  

2: Individual sessions are scheduled with each party to discuss your interests and give you some coaching on how to make mediation and communication the most successful.  You also have time to gather your relevant documents to provide to us via secure, online shared storage.

 

3: Now it’s our turn. We will complete all of the data entry, analysis, and report preparation for a joint negotiation meeting.

4: We schedule a 2-hour presentation/negotiation session where we present our findings and offer one or more settlement options to consider. We work with you until all aspects of your settlement are decided.   The entire process can be completed in as little as 4 weeks…seriously. 

5: Divorce decree drafting and finalization by one of preferred partner attorneys.  We work with a multitude of attorneys thoughout the Greater Houston and North Houston areas.  

6: New Normal Strategy Session — We want to give you the best chance at successfully executing your settlement and financially supporting individual households.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Have To Hire An Attorney?

We highly recommend you do, and we have found the good ones!  We have a list of cooperative focused attorneys we recommend who respect the wishes of those trying to divorce in a non-litigated manner.  We are financial and tax planners as well as non-attorney mediators.  We often co-mediate with attorney mediators.   We also have attorneys who prepare the divorce decree and complete the filing for one flat fee.  

The attorney will provide the legal guidance where we provide the financial and tax guidance.  Together, it can be the one stop you need for your divorce. 

We are not attorneys.  We do not provide legal advice; we do not file any documents with the court nor draft any legal documents.   We strongly encourage each party to seek legal counsel.

How Much Will This Cost?

Divorce mediation fees are divided between the parties providing services and all are typically FLAT FEES.     

Divorce Strategies Group fees range depending on the size (aka the complexity) of your estate from $3,000 – $7,000.   The attorney mediator, if needed for parenting plans is usually $1,000 – $3,000 depending on number of hours needed in mediation.  You will also need to hire an attorney to file for divorce, draft the documents and finalize your divorce with the courts after the agreements have been reached which is typically $1,500.  The total, all in cost with all attorneys and DSG is typically $4,500 – $11,500 depending on the complexity of your estate and minor children.  

The parties each may wish to hire their own counsel and at that point the costs go up, but still contained within the mediation framework.  We encourage each party to retain their own counsel, but ultimately it is up to you.   Divorce doesn’t have to be a messy, long drawn out process. However, it defines the rest of your life with your children as minors at home and/or this process divides your estate which can have significant financial ramifications on your life. It is wise to seek counsel with such a big decision.  We work with attorneys who will help you, not hinder you.   We are happy to schedule a complimentary 30 minute call with you to discuss your options.  

We have sadly, witnessed many litigants spend $50,000, $70,000 and over $100,000 in the traditional divorce process.  Our goal is to help save money for you, your family and get you all through this with your estate and your sanity intact!

*In contrast, the average cost of divorce in Texas is $23,500 with minor children and $15,300 without minor children .  We help divorcing couples walk through the process at a fraction of the average cost.

How Long Does the Process Take?

Our process typically takes 30 – 90 days.    Texas mandates you wait 60 days from the day of filing for divorce to the day of finalizing.  Typically, the parties file for divorce in Step 3 of our process and everything is negotiated by the end of the 60-day waiting period. 

*The average time for a divorce in Texas is 12.5 months.  We will get you through this, typically, much quicker.

*https://www.lawyers.com/legal-info/family-law/divorce/divorce-in-texas.html

 

What if we disagree strongly on several isues?

Without sounding flippant, that is why you are getting divorced.  We will highlight what you DO agree on and facilitate negotiation of what you do not agree on.  That is what you are hiring us to do!! We do NOT guarantee an outcome, but thus far we have had strong success in helping couples negotiate a settlement.

We encourage parties not to discuss hot topics amongst themselves. That is why you have hired us.  We will help you every step of the way.

 

Why use a Credentialed Mediator?

The Texas Mediator Credentialing Association (TMCA) Credential holders meet specific training, continuing education and experience requirements. Credential holders are bound by a mandatory Code of Ethics and a grievance process. The TMCA Credential demonstrates the mediators commitment to delivering quality mediation services.  Denise French is a Credentialied Mediator and the attorney mediators we refer to have years and often decades of mediation expereince.