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Mediation Process

Initial Meeting

Prior to the initial meeting, you will receive both intake and financial forms to complete and bring with you to the first session.  Both you and your spouse attend an initial meeting where the mediation process is explained as it relates to your situation and the agreement to mediate is signed. You are free to ask questions.  Basic family and financial information is gathered and you are asked to identify your objectives with respect to the outcome of the mediation process.  Many couples have already reached a consensus on the framework for resolution of issues incident to divorce when they come to the first session.  The mediation will focus on the details necessary to achieve those goals and the actual mediation can begin at the first session.  

Subsequent Appointments

A series of subsequent appointments, usually one to two hours long each, are then held based upon your availability and how much time you or your spouse needs to gather documentation or reflect on an issue. Normally, these are held on a biweekly basis, but flexibility is key and you control the pace of your mediation. There is no set number of sessions. It is dependent on your willingness to compromise and resolve issues.  Some mediations can resolve in as quickly as two sessions, others take several sessions.

Memorandum of Understanding

When all issues are resolved, the mediator will draft either a comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding which will summarize the resolution of each issue worked through or you have the option of having the mediator prepare your Settlement Agreement. You may then take the MOU  to an attorney of your choice to have it reviewed and reduced to legal form or have the Agreement reviewed by them. You are always free to return to mediation to resolve any issues raised by your attorneys that were not discussed during the initial mediation process.

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