Online Divorce and Custody Mediation
Mediation is the answer, even in the most highly contested cases. Solutions exist. You just need the right person to assist you in finding them.
Virtual Divorce Mediation makes it even easier.
1. Are you thinking about divorce and have heard the horror stories about lawyers and the Family Law court system? Or, are you already in the system and "know."
2. Do you continue to pay for telephone calls, letters, attorney conferences and court appearances, thinking that if you keep doing this you will get what you want?
3. Do you go the Court thinking that you will finally receive justice, but find that you are not being heard and all that really happens is more delays and attorney's fees?
Mediation Sessions can be conducted with both parties present or with each side separately, whichever works better for your situation.
I use video conferencing so that your online mediation can be conducted at home, the office or other convenient place, at a time convenient with your calendar.
You have nothing to lose by giving Divorce Mediation a try. No large retainer fee is required. You just pay by the hour so if, after the first hour, you feel that Online Mediation is not right for you, no further costs will be incurred. Although I can assure you that this will not be the case.
Once you start Mediation, you will immediately understand why it is the only solution to divorce, child custody actions or other family issues.
BENEFITS OF THE DIVORCE MEDIATION PROCESS ARE:
1. YOU ARE IN CONTROL OF HOW LONG IT TAKES TO RESOLVE YOUR CASE.
You can proceed as slow or as fast as you desire.
You don’t have to wait for attorneys' schedules or scheduling court hearings, not to mention the numerous continuances which always seem to occur.
Issues which arise along the way can be resolved within days thereby eliminating the possibility of having them spiral out of control. Your entire case can be resolved within weeks, if not a few months, depending upon how fast you wish to proceed.
2. THE TIMES AND PLACES FOR ONLINE MEDIATION ARE FLEXIBLE.
You can set your sessions at your convenience and from your home or office.
Mediation sessions work around your schedule so no more time is lost from work, or from your scheduled activities.
Your meetings can be semiweekly, weekly, every two weeks or even once a month, depending upon your preferences.
3. DIVORCE MEDIATION IS COST EFFECTIVE.
You only pay for actual online mediation time.
You are not paying for your attorney to drive to and from conferences or court, waiting around at court for hearings, or engaging in “social talk” with the opposing attorney before getting down to business.
You are not paying for the time your attorney incurs when you are not present, such as in chambers discussions, talking with the opposing counsel or staff, or "in office" billing time.
You are not paying for telephone calls, letters, long pleadings to be filed with the court, or for attorney’s staff members All of the time, with your Mediator is used efficiently and effectively.
4. YOU ARE GUARANTEED A MORE SATISFYING OUTCOME TO YOUR DIVORCE ACTION.
Your divorce or child custody case is resolved in a manner which is specific to you and your family’s needs and desires.
You are not run through the “Courthouse Mill" and forced to accept those resolutions that the System imposes on everyone because it doesn't have time to assess your particular circumstances.
Creative Resolutions can be developed which are not available in the Court system. Participants are always more satisfied with a settlement voluntarily agreed to, rather than one forced upon them by the “System.”
5. ONLINE DIVORCE MEDIATION IS PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL.
You will not be required to stand in front of strangers and tell your story in a Courtroom. You will not have to spend hours sitting in the halls of the courthouse with everyone else.
An agreement is signed at the commencement of Mediation providing that everything said in mediation cannot be used in a court of law. You may have noticed that most public figures and movie stars mediate their divorces. This is one of the biggest reason.
6. YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR DIVORCE MEDIATOR.
You have absolutely no control over what Judge will preside over your case when you are in court. You don’t know that Judge’s experience, knowledge, nor his or her prejudices or bias.
You don’t know how much time the Judge has to dedicate to your case, or even if he or she is listening when it is your turn.
Instead, you are choosing a Mediator with the credentials and experience necessary to help you effectively resolve your case.
7. ONLINE DIVORCE MEDIATION IS COMFORTABLE AND NON-THREATENING.
You don’t have to drive to your attorney’s offices or the opposing counsel’s office for meetings.
You don’t have to drive to the courthouse, find a parking place, go through security, deal with elevators, courtrooms and trying to figure out where you are supposed to be that day. You do not have to face your spouse or the opposing counsel.
You can make your decisions in the calm, relaxed atmosphere of your home or office.
8. DIVORCE CASES SETTLE ANYWAY.
Only a very few divorce or child custody cases are actually heard by a judge in a trial.
Your attorneys and the Judge will basically force you to settle before the case gets to trial.
You will have numerous settlement offers and counteroffers, settlement conferences, telephone calls, letters and trips to court, and finally after thousands of hours and dollars, you will settle your divorce case, just as if you were in mediation.
9. MOST IMPORTANT, MEDIATION IS A HEALTHY WAY TO RESOLVE YOUR DIFFERENCES.
I, as your Mediator, will make certain that all discussions remain civil, businesslike and that neither side feels intimidated or unheard.
You leave divorce mediation being able to talk to the other party and, although probably not the best of friends, you won’t be absolute enemies, which always happens after a court battle.
Being able to communicate after Mediation is essential, especially if children are involved.
10. FINALLY, YOU CAN ALWAYS LITIGATE YOUR DIVORCE CASE.
It is very rare that divorce mediation fails. You just keep working until “You Get It Right.”
However, in the 1% or 2% of cases that just can’t resolve, the courts are always still there for you.
Sometimes a couple can resolve all but one or two issues which they choose to litigate. In this circumstance, at least the time and attorney’s fees will be dramatically less than if every issue were resolved by a court.
ARE YOU READY TO HAVE YOUR CASE RESOLVED?
I can guess that you are at one of about three points in your Divorce or Custody situation:
You haven’t started the divorce process yet but have heard about the judicial system, the delays, the inefficiency and the enormous attorney’s fees.
You have started the divorce process, but are in the early stages. You are beginning to see that nothing is happening in your case. No one is communicating or cooperating with each other, and your Attorney’s Fees just keep escalating
You have been in the process way too long. You have spent thousands of dollars, lost hours of sleep, and hours from work. No good resolution seems to exist. Most of what your attorney promised in your first interview is not coming true, yet the excessive fees continue to increase.
Online Divorce Mediation works no matter what stage of the proceedings that you are in and whether you have attorneys or not. Even if a court date has been set, parties can still mediate the issues before the date and thereby save thousands of dollars avoiding court.
HOW DO I GET THE OTHER SIDE TO AGREE TO DIVORCE MEDIATION?
It is easier than you think to obtain an agreement with the other side to participate in Online Divorce Mediation. Most likely he or she is as frustrated as you are with the process and the Attorney's Fees.
Let the other side know about our Website and particularly this page. This can be done with an email, text or letter if you don't wish to discuss the issue in person. Also remind him or her of the Free Consultation. Who wouldn't at least speak with us, once the advantages of Online Mediation are clear from our website? We will take it from there.
WHY NOT USE COLLABORATIVE LAW?
What most people do not realize is that Collaborative Law is for the benefit of Lawyers, not their Clients.
Lawyers still charge the same excessive hourly rates for themselves and their staff. They still create fees for conferences, letters, pleadings and numerous meetings with the other side. You are still subject to delays because you have to wait for both attorney's calendars to clear a date. And, you are incurring fees for two attorneys, not one. Finally, you are required to sit in the same room with the other side and his or her attorney.
Even though you are paying the same exorbitant fees, you are not receiving the same benefits as a typically litigated case. You are paying for a "hired gun" without receiving the benefit of a strong, aggressive professional on your side.
Your attorney does not have to go to court or litigate your case, so his or her job is substantially easier. Your attorney is no longer your advocate hired to fight for you and your position. Your attorney is now there to convince you to compromise and settle your case, which is nothing more than Divorce Mediation at a much higher price, in terms of dollars, time and stress.
The Judicial System is Broken
Courts are overcrowded and totally overbooked.
Judges don’t have the time to listen to the facts of your particular divorce case. Often they do not have the specific knowledge in Family Law to make the good decisions.
Lawyers have too many cases and clients. Getting anything accomplished within a reasonable time is almost impossible.
Then there are the attorney and court calendars which never seem to have an opening for months.
Because it takes so long to resolve your action, issues continue to arise which add even more attorney's fees for letters, conferences and telephone calls.
I understand that divorce and child custody litigants can seldom confront each other without becoming emotional, depressed or at the very least, angry.
I understand that the playing field is not always equal. One spouse may be overbearing or intimidating to the other spouse. Or, one spouse may be filled with guilt.
I understand that the dynamics between spouses and parents impair their ability to clearly communicate their thoughts to the other side.
This is why I offer an Online Mediation Process that does not require the parties to mediate in joint sessions unless both parties agree to do so.
No one is pressured into a certain settlement and plenty of time is dedicated to each party to be certain their issues and concerns are being heard.
You have the ability to resolve your case from your home or office with comfortable surroundings, and without the stress of a lawyer’s office or the courthouse
How to Get Started:
You can schedule a 15 minute free consultation to determine if Online Divorce Mediation will work for you. The purpose of the consultation is to answer any general questions you have and to help you determine if mediation is right for you. The consultation can be by video or telephone. None of the facts of your particular situation or action will be discussed during this meeting so that the process is not compromised.
Once you decide to proceed, you can immediately schedule your mediation appointments either by email or online. Conferences are 50 minutes long leaving 10 minutes during the hour for Dianne to document the issues and progress.
Joint mediation sessions are $210.00 per hour. Individual sessions are $185.00 per hour. No retainer Fee is required.
Payment for the consultation can be made when booking the appointment online. If you book your appointment through email, an invoice will be emailed to you. Payment can be made via credit card or ACH bank transfer and is to be made at a minimum of 24 hours in advance of each scheduled session. You will receive a full refund if you cancel 24 hours prior to any scheduled consultation.
If you wish to have direct email contact with Dianne in between Mediation Sessions, you can sign up for a monthly Subscription of $45.00 for up to 5 emails a month or $85.00 for up to 10 emails a month. The emails are to be one topic discussions. You will be automatically charged each month. You can cancel the Subscription at any time by emailing us at and requesting cancellation. Email subscriptions can be booked through this site.
There is no commitment on your part. You can stop Mediation, whenever you desire. No retainer fee is required. We are strictly pay as you go, because we have total confidence in the process and that you will choose to accomplish resolution of your Divorce action through Mediation.
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