Divorce Options

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Divorce Options for Families

For those families unsure as to the finality of divorce, who wish to temporarily separate, we strongly recommend that spouses have an informal agreement in place that establishes the guidelines of expectations between the partners. We offer a 2 hour session with one of our Mediators who can assist in the preparation of this agreement for a nominal charge, please call our centers for more information.

There are currently three different methods of divorce options available for families:

Transitions Divorce Method  ® (average cost $5000-$9500)

This Transitions Divorce method ® created by and offered exclusively by Transitions Resource Family Divorce Mediation Centers is a low conflict, co-operative process where a team of 5 professionals serve the family (including a case coordinator, an impartial divorce financial expert (CPA/CDFA/CFP), mediator and two attorneys are available to work in unison to reach a fair and equitable settlement agreement and file the documents on behalf of the family. This method is divided into 2 or 3 phases (financial recommendation/mediation if necessary/legal document preparation) and clients pick and choose which phases in which they need assistance. This process allows the family to completely avoid the court process and usually takes 2 to 4 months. (please see our client testimonials)

 

Collaborative Method (average cost $20,000-$50,000)

A collaborative process is one where 2 to 3 teams of professionals (totaling 7 to 9 professionals) represent each spouse and the minor children and work in unison with a mediator to reach a fair settlement agreement that serves the entire family. Each team consists of a counselor, a financial expert, and an attorney. This process is slightly adversarial and usually takes 6 to 9 months. Our mediation center does not facilitate this method of divorce.

 

Litigated Method (average cost $50,000-$75,000++)

A litigated divorce is the traditional court process where two attorneys representing the best interests of their client pursue a divorce settlement judgment through court proceedings and a trial. Multiple court appearances called “status conferences” are required, as are usually several days of depositions pre-trial and several days in court for the actual trial. This process is highly adversarial and usually takes 18 months to 2 or more years. Our mediation center does not facilitate this method of divorce.