Because of our unique process, most of the time the mediation is completely finished in 3 hours or less. Here’s how we do it:
Your mediation is confidential. What happens in the mediation cannot be used in litigation of the matters discussed in mediation. Mediation is voluntary. Your mediator(s) are neutral third-parties with no authority to decide any issues or make you agree to anything in the mediation.
Our approach is designed to make the mediation process as helpful and efficient as possible. We like to get as much of the background work done before any in-person mediation.
The first step is to work on the google spreadsheets that we will share with you and give us the information that only the two of you have.
The second step is a conference call with the two of you. Once you’ve had a chance to work on the spreadsheet, email us to schedule the phone conference. The purpose of the call is to get our and your questions about the spreadsheets answered and to let you know what the law is regarding the various issues with which you may be concerned so that you have a chance to ponder that information prior to any follow up phone and/or in-person mediation. On the phone call we’ll also make a note of the things you’ve already reached an agreement on, for example, who is getting which car, etc.
The third step is in-person mediation. By going through the first two steps we’ve narrowed down what is left to discuss in any in-person mediation such that it is focused and fast. During the initial phone conference we will schedule any in-person mediation.
The fourth step is preparing the 10-13 documents which the court requires. Most of what you put into the spreadsheets plus what you’ve decided on in phone and/or in-person mediation goes directly into the courts forms.
We’ve found this methodology dramatically shortens the time it takes to complete the entire mediation process.
We do not file your documents with the court for you. Once you have reviewed the documents, signed and notarized them where appropriate, you will take them to the court, pay the filing fee and file them with the court. You might consider bringing an extra copy of the signed forms so that the court can put the case number on them and file stamp them and return them to you. In this way you know exactly what is on file with the court.
We charge a non-refundable $200 setup fee due at the time the mediation is arranged. The setup fee includes a review of your information and situation by a trained mediator and the mediator’s preparation for the mediation. This usually saves at least an hour during the mediation. Then each hour of phone conferences/mediation is an additional $200 per hour with a one-hour minimum. Each hour of in-person mediation is $250 per hour with a one hour minimum. Because of our unique process, most the time the mediation is completely finished in 3 hours or less. The paperwork preparation cost is a flat $297. Any paperwork preparation is accomplished through mediation.
While the setup fee is nonrefundable, it is permissible to reschedule up to three times for up to a year with at least 24 hours notice via email.
Court Requirements outside of mediation:
The court requires full disclosure between the parties. You can find out what documents the court requires you to exchange with one another at this link: Court Form JDF 1125
A copy of is also in the folder we will share with you. (YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO ALL THIS BEFORE THE INITIAL PHONE CONFERENCE)
If you have children, you are also required to complete a parenting seminar. Once you have had a chance to work on your spreadsheets, we will share a folder with you that contains a document listing the approved parenting seminars.
If all this seems overwhelming don’t worry. Whatever you don’t complete, we can finish during our initial phone conference.