Divorce mediation offers a confidential and conflict-free way to arrive at a fair resolution for both parties. Let’s focus on a win-win outcome.
When you choose to partner with Divorce Analytics for mediation, the uncoupling process becomes solution-focused, smooth, and respectful. Our fact-based approach provides financial clarity and promotes objective decision-making, which reduces friction and disputes. Ultimately, this ensures that you can finalize the divorce faster and move on with your lives.
We can also support you if you’re at the court-mandated mediation stage. This is a great opportunity to iron out all the problems, avoid the high costs of litigation, and fast-track your divorce, even if it feels difficult to see eye-to-eye right now.
As certified divorce mediators, we act as a neutral third party who supports our clients to identify core issues, avoid misunderstandings, and reach a resolution without burning bridges. We empower them to communicate effectively so they don’t get sidetracked by latent feelings that can shift the focus of these conversations.
We create financial clarity for our clients with our in-depth knowledge of taxes, asset distribution, and short- and long-term financial strategies. This creates a solid foundation for productive conversations, which leads to easier decision-making for asset distribution, child support and custody, business dividends, and other settlement criteria.
Divorce can be an emotionally-charged experience, and it is also a financial event. We educate our clients about divorce myths, communication techniques, and sound decision-making based on financial facts so they can stay focused on finding a solution and transition to the next phase comfortably.
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For a successful mediation outcome, we focus on robust conflict management at every step. That’s why we meet with each spouse separately first to understand their individual pain points and financial goals and then jointly to facilitate productive financial decision-making. We also collaborate with your team of professionals (consulting attorneys and mental health professionals) to ensure you are fully supported in the process.
For court-mandated mediations, we partner with one spouse as an external consultant and guide them to choose a win-win settlement option.
We go into each session with a clear goal focused on the long-term financial well-being of both spouses. We also take this time to set expectations about the process and establish ground rules of communication to move forward with precision and purpose.
Next, we identify the core issues and desired outcomes both spouses can agree on. Our role in this phase is to keep the conversation productive, as discussing the financial and non-financial particulars can be a confronting process.
As a neutral facilitator, our role is to encourage openness and candor, which clears the air and prompts plausible solutions to emerge. Then we equip our clients to weigh the pros and cons of each option objectively without influencing their decision-making.
Once both parties agree with all the outcomes, we guide our clients to file the necessary documents. This is to make sure that the decisions taken are legally legitimized and can’t be contested later.
Decide how to share custody and devise co-parenting responsibilities that work for your family.
Design equitable child support contribution terms that include education, insurance, medical expenses, and more.
Determine optimal spousal support amount and duration that considers the length of the marriage and both spouses' financial and emotional well-being.
Establish the valuation, distribution, or sale of your marital property and other assets, including vehicles, other real estate, 401Ks, etc.
Identify current liabilities (mortgage, loans, credit card bills, etc.) and agree on a debt repayment strategy that both parties can plan for and stick to.
Ascertain how to handle the distribution of marital assets like gifts, inheritances, life insurance payouts, etc.
The timeline for a mediated divorce is usually substantially shorter than for a litigated divorce. Divorce after mediation can take three to six months, compared to 16-18 months for litigated divorces. Part of this timeline includes the internal negotiating process during which both parties come to an agreement.
However, the timeline for legal filing can vary based on individual circumstances and state laws. For example, in California, there is a six-month waiting period before the divorce is finalized.
During this time, the submitted paperwork is reviewed by a judge, and the divorcing couple may be summoned to discuss parts of the agreement or may be required to attend additional mediation sessions before the divorce is finalized.
Our divorce mediation sessions are conducted virtually.
We realize that being in the same room can bring up emotions that get in the way of reaching a resolution. In such cases, virtual mediation provides a buffer and keeps the conversation solution-focused.
Mediation is not recommended for high-conflict divorces where both parties are unwilling to work through issues in good faith while being reasonably open, communicative, and participative.
When divorcing couples see eye-to-eye on most settlement options (asset division, debt repayment strategy, child custody, and more), but they have some issues to work through to finalize the divorce, they voluntarily opt for mediation as a divorce method.
Voluntary divorce mediation is a flexible, informal process that gives you a lot of freedom to choose what’s best for your family. A neutral third party like us facilitates these sessions, and the goal is to resolve issues amicably and keep the divorce out of court.
However, when either party has initiated litigation to dissolve the marriage facilitated by lawyers, the court may order mandatory mediation sessions before the trial begins.
The atmosphere can be hostile in these sessions, and our job as an external consultant is to ensure our clients have the right financial facts to advocate for themselves while keeping their cool.