A UNIQUE DIVORCE SOLUTION
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?
The divorce mediation process is a way to divorce without the long, drawn-out battle. Walkthrough the valuation and division of your estate with a financial neutral expertly handling all the financial and tax issues of your divorce.
Stay out of court – get on with your life.
This is a simple 6 step process that works:
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.
You provide us with data regarding your estate. We begin to create a divorce financial plan for your family.
Individual sessions are scheduled with each party to discuss your needs, wishes and wants. We present our findings at this meeting for you to review and discuss.
One spouse will hire an attorney and file for divorce. We encourage the other spouse to consult with a second attorney.
We have a list of mediation focused partner attorneys who respect the wishes of those working cooperatively. We have negotiated fees with our partner attorneys for you. Some work on a flat fee basis and some a retainer basis with a general outline of fees to expect. (You are welcome to consult with your own attorney if you prefer.)
We schedule a 4-8 hour mediation session to work with you until all aspects of your settlement are decided. Typically your attorneys will both attend this session. If your attorneys attend the mediation, the session can yield a binding mediated settlement agreement that ends your negotiations. One of the attorneys will then use the mediation agreement to draft into a final divorce decree.
If attorneys do not attend the mediation session, we can still hold a negotiation session where decisions can be made and disagreements negotiated. We will give you a written summary of the meeting document with the decisions you have made verbally to review with your attorney. You can then work with your attorney to determine the next step to finalize the divorce.
New Normal Strategy Session. We want to give you the best chance at successfully executing your settlement and financially supporting each individual household. We meet with you after the decisions have been made to discuss financial planning and offer resources and guidance regarding co-parenting.
Questions We Often Receive:
Q: Do I have to hire an attorney?
A: Attorneys can not only provide legal advice, but also peace of mind. 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 have also negotiated fees with these attorneys for you to keep the cost of divorce lower. However, if you already have an attorney we are happy to work with the person you choose.
We strongly encourage each party to seek their own counsel, but ultimately it’s up to you. You would never perform Lasik surgery on yourself (or trust your spouse to do it). We feel the same is true for trying to walk through a divorce without legal counsel.
We are not attorneys. We do not provide legal advice, we do not file any documents with the court nor draft any legal documents.
Q: How much will this cost?
A: Our divorce mediation fees are FLAT FEES ranging from $3,000 – $6,500 depending on the complexity of your estate and if minor children are involved. This does not include the price for an attorney, court filing fees, complex forensic work (if requested) or the price of any post-divorce deeds or other legal documents.
The costs of the attorney and court filing fees typically range from $1,500 to $4,500 per attorney.
*In contrast, the average cost of divorce in Texas is $15,300 without minor children and $23,500 with minor children. We help divorcing couples walk through the process at a fraction of the average cost.
We have sadly, witnessed many litigants spend $50,000, $70,000 and over $100,000 on their divorce. Our goal is to help save money for you, your family and get you all through this with your estate and your sanity intact!
Q: How long does the process take?
A: 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 4 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.
Q: What if we disagree strongly on several issues?
A: 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.