Pre-Suit Divorce Mediation Helps Protect Children From Further Trauma

When a divorcing couple has minor children, the law requires issues of parental responsibility, timesharing and child support to be resolved in the best interest of the children.  In the traditional adversarial divorce or paternity proceeding, the judge is tasked with deciding these issues if the parents are unable to reach an agreement, and due to the ever-expanding family court dockets and the overall nature of litigated proceedings, the judge will have to make such decisions based solely on the

Pre-suit divorce mediation allows the parties to control the process and the outcome for a fraction of the cost of traditional adversarial divorce.

Divorce is a traumatic and difficult situation under the best of circumstances, and most people facing the process will hire the best attorney they can afford to help them weather the storm and come out on top.  Unfortunately, undertaking a traditional adversarial divorce in this manner almost always leads to a complete surrender of control to the lawyers and the court, including both the process and the ultimate outcome.  Thankfully there is another option, namely pre-suit mediation, which allows the

The Importance of Confidentiality

Confidentiality is a critical aspect of pre-suit divorce mediation, allowing the parties to discuss the intimate details of their marriage in a private setting and resolve their issues without creating a permanent public record. Traditional adversarial divorce proceedings are conducted in courts of public record, and are litigated in much the same manner as any other lawsuit, even though they typically involve issues that are extremely intimate and personal. Pre-suit mediation is a very different process that requires the parties to

Feelings of anger, betrayal and loss are very common when divorcing.  Resist the temptation to make a bad situation even worse, and consider pre-suit mediation instead of traditional adversarial divorce.

It goes without saying that most people experience severe trauma when contemplating divorce, and that feelings of anger, betrayal and loss can linger for a very long time depending on the circumstances.  In the late 60s, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross developed the now-familiar model describing the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.  It is easy to see how these emotions can arise when people are divorcing and grieving the loss of a serious relationship. Although it is very normal