divorce mediationSave 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. Schedule a Meeting
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.
Walk through the valuation and division of your estate with a financial neutral expertly handling all the financial and tax issues of your divorce.
With children’s issues we coordinate with family law attorney mediators to help you understand and mediate your parental rights and duties and create a plan that works for your family!
Mediate – don’t litigate for a softer, gentler divorce solution.
Professional Divorce Mediation in Texas is a Simple 5 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: You provide us with data regarding your estate and children. We begin to create a divorce financial plan for your family.
3: 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.
4: We schedule a 4-8 hour mediation session to work with you until all aspects of your settlement are decided. We co-mediate with family law mediator attorney’s. The attorneys provide legal guidance where we provide financial and tax guidance.
5: 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.
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 co-mediate with attorney mediators.
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 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. This is assuming the parties use one attorney and that attorney attends mediation. The total, all in cost with all attorneys and DSG is typically $5,500 – $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
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.
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.