Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

Joe Dillon, MBA is a professional divorce mediator and founder of Equitable Mediation Services. Joe is passionate about helping couples avoid the destruction of attorney-driven litigation and specializes in helping couples resolve the issues required for divorce -peacefully, fairly and cost-effectively. When he’s not mediating, you can find him exercising, cooking, and watching Cubs baseball.

Recent posts by Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

For Divorce After Short Marriage Mediation is Your Best Bet

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

  • The definition of a short term marriage is a marriage duration of 5 years or less.
  • Defining what is a short term marriage is important because it can affect your divorce settlement agreement.
  • Here's why mediation is the best option for a short marriage divorce.

When you said your wedding vows and married "the one," you never thought you’d find yourself reading this type of article just a few years later. And yet unfortunately, here you are.

“Better to find out now before you have kids.”

Your friends say.

“Don’t worry, there’s someone even better out there for you.”

Your parents tell you.

"Cheer up, things will get better."

Your co-workers claim.

Sure, they’re trying to be helpful, but they don’t understand divorce after 5 years of marriage or other short marriages durations are still emotionally devastating.

And even though you're hurting, angry and might be tempted to hire a lawyer to exact revenge on your soon-to-be ex-spouse, you're smart enough to know it's a very bad idea.

Instead, you want to find a better short marriage divorce option that doesn't involve lawyers or court. And won't destroy you or your spouse in the process.

Let’s take a closer look at short term marriages and divorce, and why mediation is the best option for a fair and cost-effective settlement.

Topics: Planning for Divorce Divorce Mediation

Divorce Mediation vs Lawyer: Which is Right for You?

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

The decision to get a divorce is a very difficult one no matter where you live or what the circumstances.

But while some may think the decision itself is the hardest part of the divorce process, the choice of using divorce mediation vs divorce lawyer can be an even more challenging one if you don't know the differences between the two.

With a little education, you can make the decision that's right for you in your situation.

Topics: Planning for Divorce Divorce Mediation Popular

Divorce Mediation Tips and a Divorce Mediation Checklist

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

The divorce process can be an extremely stressful experience for you and your family. Even under the best of circumstances, it can leave you feeling exhausted and overwhelmed.

Choosing mediation is a great first step towards making your no-fault divorce go as smoothly as possible.

But here are a few additional divorce mediation tips and, towards the bottom of the post, a divorce mediation checklist, to ensure your case stays on track and out of court.

Topics: Planning for Divorce Divorce Mediation

Divorce with a Business Involved

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

As a business owner, you’ve probably heard:

  • “It must be nice to set your own hours and be your own boss.”
  • “Hey, you own your own business, why don’t you pick up the check?”

And my personal favorite…

  • “So, what’s it like to be rich?”

If they only knew…

The truth is, business ownership is not nearly as glamorous as your friends and family might make it out to be.

You’ve made a lot of sacrifices to get where you are. In many cases taking years, if not decades, to build a business or professional practice you can be proud of.

And that’s finally profitable!

But now that you’re divorcing, you have questions about how to determine what the business is actually worth, the best way to divide a business in a divorce, how to define what percentage of the business is considered marital property, and just how to get the best outcome in a divorce with a business involved.

You want your agreement to balance both of your interests while acknowledging the scheduling challenges and compensation complexities unique to a self-employed entrepreneurial lifestyle.

And at the same time, prevent outsiders from destroying everything you’ve worked so hard to build!

Topics: Planning for Divorce Divorce Mediation

10 Biggest Divorce Mediation Benefits

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

  • How you move through - and eventually beyond a divorce is your choice.
  • Divorce mediation enables a divorcing couple to resolve their divorce issues out of court.
  • No other divorce option comes close to offering the advantages that mediation provides. Here are all the benefits of mediating your divorce.

 

A Fair, Child-Focused and Peaceful Divorce is about Choices.

Going through a major life event such as divorce is a significant and stressful experience. It’s not only emotionally devastating, but the divorce process itself can be long, drawn-out and destructive to everyone involved, including your children.

In divorce, no one wins.

But how you move through - and eventually beyond a divorce is your choice.

So wouldn’t you want to choose the divorce option that’s peaceful, cost-effective and best for you and your kids?

Of course you would!

Ready to learn about divorce mediation?

Let’s dive in…

Topics: Planning for Divorce Divorce Mediation Popular

8 Michigan Child Support Questions You Should Be Asking in 2021

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

As a mom or dad preparing to start divorce mediation in Michigan, your job is to minimize the impact your divorce will have on your children.

One of the ways to do that is to have a detailed parenting plan in place. To ensure the children see both of you as much as possible.

The other way is by providing them the financial support they need in order to live healthy and happy lives.

That’s where Michigan child support comes in.

At first it may seem calculating Michigan child support is easy. Just plug some numbers into a Michigan child support calculator and you’re done.

But it’s not nearly that simple.

The reality is there's a lot more to child support in Michigan than you might think.

Here are 8 important Michigan child support questions you should be asking (with answers) so you can not only get educated, but also get the best possible outcome for your kids.

How to Safeguard Your Kids' Well-Being in 2021 with Washington State Child Support

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

As parents starting a divorce in Washington, your children are most likely your number one concern.

And they should be.

You love your kids and want the world for them.

So now that you're ending your marriage, how will you ensure they get the financial support needed to minimize the effect your divorce will have on them?

That’s where child support in Washington State comes in.

But the Washington state Child Support calculator has a number of complexities and limitations, and coming to agreement may be harder than you think.

Calculating Child Support in NY in 2021: More Than Just a Simple Percentage

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

As a parent getting a divorce in New York, your children are bound to be your number one concern.

And they should be.

You love your kids and want the world for them. So now that you're facing divorce, how do you make sure they get the financial support they need in order to live healthy and happy lives?

That’s where child support comes in.

But there's a lot more to child support in New York than you might think.

Safeguarding Your Children in 2021 with Child Support in Illinois

By Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

As a parent preparing to begin a divorce in Illinois, there’s no doubt your children are your number one priority.

And they should be.

You love your kids and want the world for them.

So now that you're getting a divorce, how do you make sure they get the financial support they’re entitled to and their needs are put first above all else?

That’s where child support in Illinois comes in.

And there's a lot more to determining Illinois child support than you might think.