Supportive Divorce Mediators Offering Alternatives to Traditional Law Firms
If you are going through separation and divorce, it can be emotionally and financially stressful. If your divorce is not handled properly, it can cost a fortune to litigate and take up months, even years, of your time. If you litigate, it leaves you and your spouse feeling embittered and overwhelmed. If your divorce becomes contentious, it can be even harder on the children, who may end up in the middle of two warring parents. There has to be a better way.
11702 Bowman Green Drive, Suite 200
Reston, VA 20190
Helping people throughout Northern Virginia find a better way forward.
Creating Healthy Solutions
At Divorce Mediation Associates, Ltd., we know there is a better way. The members of our multi-disciplinary mediation practice facilitate amicable and personalized resolutions for our clients. The legal issues of divorce can be complex including equitable division of assets, alimony, child support, and child custody, visitation and parenting issues. Mediation can help guide spouses to a solution that minimizes the tensions and anger of divorce and maximizes finding a workable resolution. Accessible and affordable mediation avoids the confrontation of litigation and though the parties have differences, they work together to find resolutions rather than being mired in adversarial conflict. Mediation offers an opportunity for people to work together before they meet with a divorce attorney, thus allowing for a less timely and less expensive divorce.
How does it work?
We aim to honestly discuss how to proceed with the family law matters once it is clear that the marriage cannot be saved.
How our divorce mediation differs from traditional litigation
All types of mediation involve neutral professionals who have experience negotiating and forging amicable settlements. Usually, mediators “shuttle” back and forth between the two parties, trying to broker deals that often leave everyone feeling unsatisfied. Shuttle diplomacy, while appropriate for some mediation, leaves the mediator as the only person with full knowledge of the parties’ positions.
At the Divorce Mediation Center, we do things a little differently.
We work with both spouses directly, and at the same time: you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse are together with us, so everything is out in the open from the beginning. We work together with both parties to help you resolve the issues arising between you as a result of your marriage. We look for innovative ways to find solutions that are good for both parties and the children, often times finding value in areas the courts could not or would not go.
Work with a multi-disciplinary team
We also work with other trusted professionals to help our clients achieve workable solutions. Our multi-disciplinary team includes mental health professionals, as well as attorneys with training and experience in family law matters all of whom have had training in mediation. We also work with financial experts, such as accountants, financial planners, and CPAs, when appropriate, who can help with asset management, tax planning, and income issues. Often, if you have a trusted financial adviser, we will try to utilize your professionals who have been familiar with your finances for some time.
What happens in the session?
Each mediation session lasts for about two hours. We meet about every seven to ten days, discussing new issues each time and updating our progress on the previous ones. Each session normally includes the spouses, a mediator (who may be an attorney and/or a mental health specialist), and, when applicable, an outside specialist who can address a particular need of our clients. Through mediation, both parties work on a solution that works for their particular circumstances. After both the parties have reached a tentative marital settlement agreement and, when applicable, a parenting plan, they are encouraged to consult with their independent counsel before executing that agreement.