If both spouses accept that divorce is inevitable, mediation may provide an alternative that is less stressful and more economical. It is important that mediation be truly voluntary for both parties and that both can commit to resolving their differences out of court in an atmosphere of civility and mutual respect.
Any issue (i.e., property distribution, custody, division of debts, child support, and spousal support) can be mediated. Some advantages to mediation include the ability to resolve these issues in more nuanced detail, with greater attention to the actual needs and limitations of the parties, a reduction in stress for the entire family and, often, a reduced total cost.
It is an advantage to choose a trained mediator who is also experienced in adversarial divorce. We assist the parties in understanding not only the law, but also the prevailing norms and customs, thereby saving time and offering clarity. After identifying the points on which the parties agree, we move from "positional bargaining" on the remaining issues to a needs-based, "win-win" approach, resulting in a written separation agreement which will define the parties’ respective rights and responsibilities, and will be incorporated as a final judgment of the court.
We prepare all paperwork, and will attend court to assist in presenting the final separation agreement for approval by a judge at the conclusion of the mediation.
When clients work with Lawrence & Jurkiewicz for divorce mediation, Edward Jurkiewicz, a divorce attorney, assures divorcing spouses that he will strive to be truly neutral and to "call them as he sees them," without favoritism to either spouse.
To learn more about divorce mediation, please contact us to schedule a consultation.