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 the 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 submitting paperwork. Spouses 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 $4,300 and $6,300 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 divorce mediation case, 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 of the cost of divorce mediation. Spouses attend the 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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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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Three tips for a more peaceful divorce mediation
Have a more peaceful divorce mediation by knowing how to: 1. talk more peacefully, 2. let go of anger, 3. restore inner peace. In each moment we have a chance to make our words, thoughts, and lives more peaceful.
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