Divorce Mediation

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If you and your spouse have not worked through all the details of your divorce, an experienced divorce mediator might be the best place to start. Divorce Mediation allows separating and divorcing couples to take control of their divorce and make good decisions about their future.

Our divorce mediators do not act as lawyers for either spouse–instead we conduct mediation sessions and act as a neutral party. In these sessions our experienced divorce mediator, Attorney-Mediator Nate Hartung, meets with both spouses at the same time to determine their wishes for property division, parenting plans, child support, and any other relevant issues in the divorce.

Mediation can be particularly helpful for parents that will need to make continuing joint decisions about the health and well-being of their children. With the help of an experienced divorce mediator, spouses can negotiate an agreement on every issue in the divorce. Divorces resolved by mediation have the added benefit of greater compliance because husband and wife have created their own agreement, rather than having a judge make the decisions for them.

What Does The Divorce Mediator Do?

Divorce Mediation St. LouisThe divorce mediator is a neutral party specially trained to help couples resolve issues in their divorce. Our divorce mediator will meet with husband and wife at a neutral location, usually at our offices.

The mediator facilitates communication between husband and wife making sure each party is given an uninterrupted time to speak, asking a party to restate or explain a point when necessary, and asking questions to make communication clear.

Our mediators provide information about the legal system, how issues may be viewed by lawyers or judges, and what alternatives there are for solving issues. When necessary, the mediator refers the couple to third party experts for services such as appraisals, real-estate transactions, accounting, taxes, or other financial matters.

How Does the Divorce Mediation Process Work?

Our mediators will meet with the couple in a series of mediation sessions.

Usually each session will be 1 – 3 hours long.

Divorce Mediation St. Louis Lawyer1st session: We meet with the couple to identify the issues needed to be discussed and the order in which they will be discussed. The mediator works with the couple to decide what information needs to be gathered. All information collected in the mediation sessions is shared between the mediator and the couple. The couple will be required to gather all relevant financial data, or if necessary, the opinions of experts such as appraisers or accountants. This material will be treated with the same care and concern that it is treated  an adversarial process (divorce trial).

Additional Meetings: Discussions revolve around how to compromise on the various issues in order to meet the needs of both spouses. We assist by providing information about the court system and common ways divorce issues are resolved.

The Goal:  The goal of a mediated divorce is to reach an agreement on all issues necessary to complete your divorce.  This “agreement” will ultimately be reflected in a marital separation agreement which gets filed with the court. This marital settlement agreement is reviewed by the parties and their attorneys, if any.  If there are minor children involved, our divorce mediator captures the spouses’ agreements regarding custody and child support in a mutually agreed parenting plan.

Who files the Court Papers and Mediated Divorce Agreement with the Court?

After successfully reaching agreement on all issues in your divorce, our Divorce Attorney-Mediator Nate Hartung, prepares the final agreement known as a Separation Agreement (if there are minor children he will also prepare an agreed Parenting Plan). These must be signed by both spouses in front of a notary. At that point, either husband or wife can then file a petition for dissolution of marriage in court. The Separation Agreement (and agreed Parenting Plan) will be presented to the judge in a non-contested proceeding by the filing spouse. If accepted by the judge, the Separation Agreement (and agreed Parenting Plan) will be ordered as part of the Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage.

Fees for Divorce Mediation

Generally couples can dramatically reduce the cost of their divorce by reaching an agreement through mediation. Our office charges the following fees for divorce mediation:

  • *$200 per hour for divorce mediation sessions and any work required for mediator to prepare prior to the session
  • No retainer for sessions

Document Preparation (paid in advance)

  • $850 fee for Separation Agreement
  • $300 fee for Parenting Plan and Form 14 Child Support Calculation
  • $300 fee for Statement of Income and Expense & Statement of Property and Debt for one party

*Hourly mediation fees are due at the time of each session.

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