What to Expect

from my mediation or collaborative law services

Pushing a door from both sides uses a lot of energy and does not allow it to open; pushing together in one direction can open a world of possibility. Your goal—our goal—will be an agreement that achieves the solutions that work for you in the most efficient manner possible. From the moment we meet, we’ll establish an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual respect. Typically my mediation and collaborative law process looks something like the following…

Steps

MEDIATE

RESOLVE

LEGAL DOCUMENTS

A clear structure and practical agenda:

1. Contracting

We discuss how we will work together and establish shared expectations of the process.

2. Proceed by agreement

Each step is a joint decision that ensures everyone’s approval and commitment, and bolsters our ability to reach consensus.

3. Set goals and
establish priorities

This is a custom process—we’ll focus on what matters to you. We’re not bound by a court schedule. This means we can calmly focus on your immediate needs, form a foundation, and dedicate the necessary attention to each issue, all at our own pace.

4. Identify each partner’s
interests, not their positions

This helps us avoid getting locked into narrow, inflexible solutions.

5. Formulate options

This is a creative, collaborative process.
Together we will expand the possibilities.

6. Evaluate options

Evaluate options in light of everyone’s interests.

7. Draft Agreement

Once both parties agree, I prepare a “draft agreement,” and review it with both of you. I strongly suggest that you also review the agreement with independent counsel. Once everyone is content with the terms, we execute a final version of the agreement, which is an enforceable legal contract and, together with other documents, can form the basis for an uncontested divorce.

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