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THE DIVORCE RESOURCE

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DIANA WILDE, DIVORCE MEDIATOR

DISCOVER THE ADVANTAGES OF MEDIATION

Non Adversarial Process | Affordable | You Stay in Control

Mediation provides a non adversarial option for settling your divorce or separation with a neutral third party mediator outside of the adversarial and costly environment of dual-attorney meetings and the courtroom. Each couple's unique preferences, situation, financial issues, and timeline are respected.

 

Take a look at the differences between the divorce processes.

See why mediation can be your key to a successful resolution.

MEDIATION | NEUTRAL DIVORCE MEDIATOR

Cost Efficient | Non Adversarial | Less Stress

Mediation allows for matters of divorce or legal separation to be settled outside of court with the couple following their own agenda under the guidance of a neutral third party mediator - rather than following the agenda (and bias) of other family members, friends, lawyers or a court docket. The open disclosure of financial and other information in a neutral setting helps to generate cooperation and healthy communication between the parties.

 

With the assistance of the mediator, each party becomes actively involved in the divorce  negotiations and has an active say in the decision-making that occurs as they move forward towards a full and complete settlement of all their divorce issues. Mediation works extremely well when couples are directed to listen carefully to each other and make rational decisions, and be willing to compromise. Even couples who are not too pleased with each other have succeeded in reaching viable divorce settlements with the guidance and support of an experienced divorce mediator.

 

People seeking mediation recognize the importance of having a role in all of the decision-making rather than relying on a representative (attorney) - who has far less knowledge about the family's unique circumstances, needs, and desires - to speak on their behalf.

 

At the close of mediation, couples recognize the value of their having stayed in control of the decision-making process and understand that they have reached the best resolution possible regarding their family's issues and circumstances.

LITIGATION | LAWYER-TO-LAWYER NEGOTIATION

Costly | Adversarial | Stressful

Litigation involves two attorneys representing and speaking for their respective clients in adversarial meetings or the courtroom with the two attorneys or the judge (a stranger) making decisions that have life-long consequences for the entire family. It is a process that can turn spouses against each other, rarely factors in the children's needs, and can drain the family resources through two sets of fees.

 

Lawyer-to-lawyer negotiation leaves the divorcing couple out of the important decision-making process and can lead to years of on-going antagonism, mistrust and anger.