Divorce Mediation

Divorce Mediation

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A divorce is a stressful, life-altering event. But it does not have to be a hostile courtroom battle if alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation, is used.

Instead of costly litigation, couples can opt for mediation. An independent mediator helps find fair solutions, addressing issues like parenting plans, finances, and property division. Lawyers can be involved at various stages to ensure protection of each party’s rights but need not be heavily relied upon.

Mediation is cost-effective, emotionally beneficial, and encourages quicker resolutions, especially for co-parenting matters. Mediation surprises many with its effectiveness in reaching compromises. Our coaching process ensures mutual respect and informed decision making, paving the way for a brighter post-divorce future.

Typical challenges addressed through Divorce Mediation include: independent legal advice

  • Parenting plans
  • Future financial support
  • Division of property
  • Communication
  • Court orders
  • Parenting arrangements

A closer look at the Divorce Mediation Process…

There is no doubt that divorce is stressful, time-consuming and costly, both financially and emotionally. When contemplating the choice between hiring a divorce lawyer for traditional litigation and mediation, it is important to consider the benefits of mediation: it is notably more cost-effective and emotionally favorable than resorting to court proceedings. It is also conducive to developing a co-parenting plan that works for all family members, particularly the children. Additionally, family mediation is expeditious, enabling both parties to move forward with their lives instead of being ensnared in an apparently interminable battle.

Many are surprised with the effectiveness of the divorce mediation process in reaching compromises. For separating couples who are willing and able to negotiate with honesty and good faith about divorce-related matters, mediation can be a highly effective process. Our coaching and mediation roadmap encourages mutual respect, as well as informed decision making.

Despite the challenging experiences often associated with divorce, it does not have to devolve into a threatening, adversarial battle culminating in court proceedings. Rather than resorting to litigation (hiring lawyers to fight on your behalf), which can be stressful, protracted, and costly, couples can opt for mediation to retain control over their separation process, guided by principles of family law.

Mediation places a neutral mediator in the middle to enable an equitable resolution for you and your partner. It will help you both to understand respective needs and points-of-view. The aim is to identify common ground for resolution and, when that is not feasible, to skillfully navigate towards a legally protective outcome for both parties, often with the help of independent legal advice.

Mediation offers you and your former partner a pathway to a fair mediation agreement in a secure and non-threatening environment. At times, uncertainty about the potential success of mediation may arise. The ability for you and your partner to reach an agreement may not be possible. If this happens, mediation will still offer you greater clarity in the divorce process.

At different stages of the mediation process, you may involve your individual lawyers to ensure that your situation and legal rights are appropriately considered. Ultimately, the goal is to navigate the family mediation process to steer clear of costly conflicts and litigation.

marriage contract cut with scissorsThrough our coaching and mediation process, you will experience being heard, understood, and respected. Our mediators are non-judgmental. We ask pertinent questions, help you to identify your core issues, and guide you and your former partner in honest conversations. We complete the necessary steps to make sure that your decisions are well-informed and match up with your hopes for a new post-divorce life, aligning with the mediation aims.

Ultimately, a bright future requires not only securing your finances and reaching agreement on a parenting plan, but also reaching closure in order to focus on the next chapter of your life. We have witnessed the transformative impact of our mediation services on couples and families navigating divorce and look forward to offering you the same experience.

Mediation places a neutral third party in the middle to enable an equitable resolution for you and your partner. It will help you both to understand respective needs and points-of-view. The aim is to identify common ground for resolution and, when that is not feasible, to skillfully navigate towards a legally protective outcome for both parties.

Our mediators are professional and independent mediators who facilitate the process and bring the divorcing couple to a satisfactory conclusion. They do not provide legal advice, ensuring that both spouses retain full decision-making power during the mediation process.

A separation agreement is a legally binding and enforceable document that results from successful mediation. It is an essential part of the negotiation process, encouraging cooperation between spouses and addressing financial aspects of mediation.

Successful divorce mediation can help in finding a middle ground, avoiding court battles, and reaching positive outcomes through negotiation and compromise, ultimately leading to a successful outcome with fewer delays, lower costs, and less stress.

The importance of a successful outcome in divorce mediation cannot be overstated. It provides insights into the factors, preparations, and guidelines that can contribute to achieving a positive result, highlighting the benefits of successful mediation outcomes compared to court outcomes.

More Affordable

Mediation is significantly less expensive than traditional divorce, with typical costs ranging from $3,000 to $8,000 total, compared to $10,000 to $50,000 or more per spouse for litigation. Mediation avoids the high legal fees associated with hiring separate attorneys to battle in court.

Saves Time

Mediation can be completed in a matter of weeks, compared to the year-or-more that a traditional divorce can take. The expedited process allows our participants to move on with their lives more quickly.

Preserves Relationships

Mediation promotes open communication, cooperation, and mutual understanding between separating spouses. This helps maintain a more amicable post-divorce relationship, especially when co-parenting is involved.

Empowers Participants with a Professional and Independent Mediator

Mediation gives couples greater control and autonomy over the divorce process and outcome. The parties can craft customized, creative solutions that meet their unique needs, rather than having a Judge impose a decision.


Mediation proceedings are confidential, unlike public court hearings where personal details are exposed. This allows for more open and honest discussions during the process.

Minimizes Conflict through Alternative Dispute Resolution

The collaborative nature of mediation helps minimize hostility and resentment, compared to the adversarial nature of litigation. This can ease the emotional strain of divorce and set a better foundation for co-parenting.

In summary, divorce mediation offers significant advantages over traditional litigation in terms of cost, time, relationship preservation, empowerment, confidentiality, and reduced conflict.

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"Justin's ability to calm people down and help them communicate clearly is so impressive. He was able to create a safe environment where everybody felt heard so that mutually beneficial solutions could be explored. I highly recommend his approach over traditional methods involving the courts."

R. C.

"Justin was retained to conduct a mediation on a high conflict parenting dispute. He always remained calm and had a strong attentiveness to detail that allowed the matter to settle with a fair resolution."

C. M. 

"Requiring mediation services is a very difficult journey for all parties, however Justin's thoughtful, as well as transparent, approach made the entire process very smooth. His positive attitude and willingness to go the extra mile for clients is appreciated. I was so impressed and pleased with the mediation service that I got from Justin as well as his professionalism. From the outset, Justin's clear explanations of the method of mediation, issues, and subsequent outcomes was very informative, while allowing me to understand the path during this difficult time. I have no hesitation in recommending Justin Hendriks to all my friends who need this service. I wanted to thank you for helping me settle this case."

L. M.

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