Divorce is a terribly stressful and expensive process, especially when litigated. If you have children a bad divorce can affect them for the rest of their lives. I became a divorce mediator so I could help families divorce more amicably and in a healthier way for themselves and their children. It can absolutely be done. My entire purpose is guiding you and your family through a healthier divorce with the best outcomes at the least expense to your family.
In most states you are required to mediate your parenting plan, so you always ought to start with mediation before engaging a divorce lawyer and see if you can benefit from mediation for all of your divorce decisions. Mediation is the best process at the lowest cost and it has the best outcomes. You might surprise yourself how much you can accomplish with a good divorce mediator.
My logo represents a sunrise over two homes that are part of the saMe faMily. Not all divorced couples can get there initially, but I strive to help you divorce amicably, be healthy co-parents and get through your divorce in a healthy way while every member of your family enjoys healthy sunrises that are to come on your new paths. This is not unrealistic; I see many couples do this through my mediation process. My entire purpose is to help you.
I am passionately driven to help you create the best solutions for your children, and yourselves, so you can both be the best parents for your children going forward. My approach to mediation will help you to focus on your childrens' well-being during and after your divorce.
Once you finalize your parenting plan, we will focus on the critical financial decisions that will allow you both to move forward in your lives. You will make all of your own decisions, something that doesn't happen in a litigated divorce. I earned my CPA and will guide you both through fair financial divisions.
Often times life and parenting needs change post-divorce, due to job changes, relationship status, health issues and other factors. I will be available to you for continued support as needed, to help you adjust your parenting decisions to adapt to your changing life circumstances.
The first two questions I will ask you are 1) "Are you sure you both want to divorce?" and 2) "Are you both sure you have done everything you can to save your marriage?". If either of you answer no to either question I will help you evaluate whether divorce is the right path for you.
I offer a free assessment and consultation to help you gauge whether you feel I am a good fit and can help you get through this in a healthy way. Call or text me at (224) 544-9990 with any questions you have.
If we work together, I will initially meet with you individually to understand each of your priorities and passions before we begin joint sessions.
If you have children, I believe in finalizing all parenting decisions first, before we discuss other topics. Your children are your most valuable "assets" and their well-being are the reason I am doing this. You'll create the best path for your children based on their needs before we discuss the more complicated financial divisions.
Once parenting decisions are finalized we will focus on the financial divisions that will allow you both to move forward into your post-divorce lives. You will make all decisions, in a supportive and collaborative environment.
Having earned my CPA I understand and can help you find equitable divisions, while also helping you both understand and plan for your future cost of living.
I will provide you with a Memorandum Of Understanding ("MOU") that documents all decisions reached.
You will engage an attorney to prepare your court filing leveraging your Memorandum Of Understanding. There will be some legal fees for this final step, but they will not be significant.
Many litigated divorces cost over $100,000. A mediated divorce usually costs less than $7,000 total for both spouses. Save your marital assets by mediating your divorce.
In addition, mediation is a far less stressful process where you make all of your own decisions and pave the way for a healthier co-parenting relationship post-divorce.
I will be available to meet with you in person or remotely, based on your schedule and convenience.
I recommend 90-minute sessions but I will adapt to your scheduling needs, day or night, weekday or weekend. My purpose is to support your needs in this very stressful period of your lives.