Articles about divorce mediation

The articles on this page are offered to inform spouses about divorce mediation. In Pennsylvania, husbands and wives who choose a mediation divorce can divorce without setting foot in court.

Articles by Dann Johns, Divorce Mediator & Attorney, about divorce mediation:

What is divorce mediation?

Divorce mediation is spouses discussing and deciding the terms of their divorce with help from a mediator. Here are three important things to know about divorce mediation: 1. Spouses discuss divorce topics together, during one or more sessions with their mediator. 2. Spouses are the decision makers in divorce mediation—not lawyers or judges. 3. The divorce mediator is impartial, never taking sides for or against either spouse.

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Benefits of divorce mediation

The top three benefits of divorce mediation are: 1. costs less than average Pennsylvania divorce, 2. promptly resolves divorce issues, 3. makes divorce as peaceful as possible. For divorcing mothers and fathers, mediation offers another benefit. It may help divorcing parents keep—or start to build—a positive parenting relationship.

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Steps in a mediation divorce

A typical divorce mediation case has three steps: 1. Spouses meet with a mediator to discuss divorce topics. 2. Legal documents are drafted, reviewed, and signed. 3. A divorce decree is requested from a court. NOTE: In Pennsylvania, this third step is done by mail. Spouses who reach an agreement to divorce are not required to set foot in court.

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Cost of divorce mediation

Most divorce mediation cases with Dann Johns, Divorce Mediator & Attorney, cost between $3,900 and $5,900 and include: 1. discussing and deciding divorce topics, 2. signing a postnuptial agreement, and 3. filing for a Pennsylvania divorce decree. Lump sum payment is not required. MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express are accepted.

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Timeline for a mediation divorce

In a mediation divorce, spouses may discuss and decide divorce topics in days, sign legal documents within weeks, and get a Pennsylvania divorce decree within months. Or divorcing spouses may choose a slower pace. Spouses are the decision makers in divorce mediation. Together, they choose how quickly or how slowly to proceed.

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Does each spouse need their own lawyer for a mediation divorce?

Getting your own attorney is not required in divorce mediation, but is an option. In a mediation divorce, each spouse decides for themself whether to get advice from their own lawyer. If you decide to talk to your own attorney, consider doing so before divorce mediation sessions start or ahead of signing legal documents that make divorce mediation terms enforceable.

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Free consultation about divorce mediation

A free consultation with Dann Johns, Divorce Mediator and Attorney lasts up to 1.5 hours. It offers you and your spouse: 1. answers to questions about divorce mediation, 2. information (legal, tax, financial, parenting) to help make informed decisions about divorce, 3. a written estimate setting the cost of an entire mediation divorce. Spouses attend a free consultation together.

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Dann Johns, Divorce Mediator & Attorney

I help spouses divorce peacefully, through divorce mediation. Working together we can complete a Pennsylvania mediation divorce without setting foot in court. These are my ideals as a divorce mediator: 1. Peace. I am committed to peaceful resolution of all divorce issues. 2. Impartiality. I do not pick sides for or against either spouse. 3. Kindness. I am kind to both spouses.

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Divorce Peacefully

A peaceful divorce is possible! In Pennsylvania, spouses may choose divorce mediation to: 1. calmly discuss and decide terms of divorce, 2. divorce without setting foot in court, 3. keep costs of divorce as low as possible. In my office, about 9 in 10 couples who try divorce mediation reach an out-of-court agreement to divorce.

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