Divorce Mediation

Divorce article image resized copyAt Creative Relationship Center we offer a kinder, gentler way to help people resolve their differences… heal … grow … and move on.  Our Mediation process your sanity, your money, and your kids.

It’s hard enough when families break up. Litigation – legal fighting – makes it worse. Litigation is time-consuming, financially and emotionally draining, and hurtful. It’s a system in which each side struggles to win at the other side’s expense – and their own.

When couples litigate, they’re not “allowed” to work together, but instead to work against each other. The court system almost turns them into enemies, and even the smallest, simplest, easy to resolve issues must be communicated through attorneys, causing delay, expense, misunderstanding and even hostility. And the costs are high…financially, emotionally, and spiritually. Families are destroyed, and the costs can last a life-time and more.

Divorce Mediation

Mediation is a cooperative process in which you and your spouse will work with a neutral third party to come to your own agreement on all issues that must be decided.  These may include child custody, parenting schedules, equitable distribution of assets, awards of spousal maintenance and child support, and others.

When compared to the traditional litigated divorce process, divorce mediation is...

  • Less expensive.  The cost of a mediated divorce is estimated to be 25-40 percent of the cost of an adversarial divorce.
  • Less time-consuming.  A typical mediated divorce can be accomplished in four to eight weeks.
  • Less emotionally difficult.  Rather than working against each other, you and your spouse will be working cooperatively toward an agreement that is equitable to both of you.  This will preserve your ability to work together in the future as parenting partners, and reduce the residual resentment and anger that usually accompany the win-lose litigation process.
  • More dignified.  Mediation strives to protect the self-esteem and dignity of all parties.  Rather than looking back to assign blame, mediation looks to the future and enables both of you to begin your new lives in full control of the outcome.

At the conclusion of the mediation process, you will have a full and complete Memorandum of Understanding ready to be reviewed and filed by the attorneys of your choosing.

Here at CRC, we work as a colaborative team.  Our mediators, divorce financial planners and attorneys are ready to assist you in the process.

We have all the resources you need to have a dignified and civil end to your marital contract.  Click here to read more about the Mediation By Laws.

Call 716-446-9226 or click here to schedule your consultation.

Here are some of the more common disagreements that can be mediated:

 

Marital Mediationor better known as Mediation to Stay Married, is a mediation process for couples who are experiencing marital probems or difficulties and who would prefer to stay together, work through their issues in a constructive way, and who are willing to learn to resolve conflict, and who wish to avoid divorce.

What is the difference between marital counseling and marital mediation?  (read more)

Post-Divorce Mediation is for couples who do not wish to return to court and shoulder any more expense from their family’s savings. They meet in the mediator’s office to discuss what has and has not been working with their current agreement. Any changes that they make to their agreement can be legally binding and incorporated into their final document.

Post-Marriage Mediation:  Working together for the benefit of the children is exceptionally difficult. Mediation, is a process in which former partners can collaboratively create a new, more positive post-divorce relationship that saves their resources, and serves everyone better – including “ex” and extended families.

Family Mediation can provide services to area of family disagreements of all ages and in various situations. All programs are confidential.

  • Elder mediation: as our loved ones age their needs may change; independence, caretaking and financial issues are just a few of the many topics elder mediation is suitable for.
  • Child Custody/Access mediation: when a relationship ends and children are involved, issues of custody and or visitation may arise. Our mediation program helps parents work together so they can establish a custody or visitation agreement outside of court.
  • Grandparent Guardianship offers help for families who don’t want to involve the court system in their temporary decisions for the safety and well-being for their grandchildren.
  • Family disputes such as will disputes, parent-teens, blended families, Co-parenting and Step-parenting.

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