Despite writing every piece of content on our website, we’ve struggled to find something both professional and comforting to say during this crisis. So instead of trying to craft a perfectly worded message, let us say this:
This sucks! (Cheryl has a potty mouth and would say it much differently!)
It’s hard enough to be facing the end of your marriage. Now throw in a global pandemic and you’ve got a seriously surreal, horrifying situation on your hands.
You’ve been told to shelter in place, forgo socializing, and work from home. All these directives have one thing in common – put your life on hold! But if you’re like most of our clients, you’ve been thinking about divorce for at least 2 years - and possibly longer.
So now that you’ve finally gotten up the courage to take that next step, THIS happens - yet another facet of your life appears to be put on hold.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
For more than 10 years, we’ve been conducting online mediation with great success. In fact, with our help and proven online mediation process, 98% of our client couples reach a private, out-of-court, negotiated agreement.
During these unprecedented times, many service providers are scrambling to get online. And divorce mediators are no exception.
But it takes much more to effectively mediate a divorce online than simply obtaining the technology to do so.
Going through a divorce will likely be one of the most significant and stressful life events you will ever face – global pandemic aside. But finding a qualified online divorce mediator to help you shouldn't be the hardest part of it.
Be well, stay safe, and just know we’re here and have the skills and resources to support you - whenever you and your spouse are ready.
We are all in this together!
Joe & Cheryl
Between your demanding jobs, managing the house, and the kids’ homework and activities, there’s no doubt you’re strapped for time. Now take your already hectic life, and add a divorce into the mix.
You need a convenient way to get a divorce. But while the concept sounds appealing, there’s no way you’d even consider using one of those useless “quickie online divorce” providers.
What you really want to do is mediate because you know mediation will get you a fair and thorough agreement tailored to your unique needs and circumstances.
But given everything else you're currently juggling, you’re not sure how you’ll find the time to get to the mediator’s office. Leaving you to wonder - is there any divorce option out there that combines convenience and quality?
You use technology in your everyday life to make things easier. You can make a call, check e-mail, pay bills or surf the web from just about anywhere on the planet.
So why, then, when it comes to an alternative dispute resolution process for divorce like mediation, do you need to be sitting in the same room with your mediator and your husband or wife, hashing out the details of your settlement agreement?
Technology has advanced so much in recent years. And paved the way for us to offer couples like you and your spouse an expedient, professional and cost-effective way to complete the divorce mediation process. And we've been doing so for more than 10 years with great success, so we know it works!
By combining the convenience of online divorce with our high-quality divorce mediation services, our Mediation-On-The-Go program is the best solution for today's busy couples.
Learn more about it below!
Mediation-On-The-Go delivers all the benefits of standard mediation, while leveraging easy-to-use technology, to make your divorce as stress-free and efficient as possible.
Just as if you were mediating face-to-face, Joe will actively guide you and your spouse through our comprehensive divorce mediation process (in real-time) where he will help you identify, discuss, negotiate and resolve all of the issues required for your uncontested divorce including parenting plan, child support, alimony, dividing marital property, etc.
But instead of the three of you sitting in the same room together, you and your spouse will be in your own separate location and connect with Joe via conference call and our easy to use screen-sharing software.
Equitable Mediation took traditional divorce mediation and flipped it on its head. Mediation-On-The-Go is fresh, modern and a great choice for busy divorcing couples!
In that type of Internet Divorce, you and your spouse would essentially be sent to a website where you would input answers to a handful of basic questions and a very basic (and often incomplete) agreement would be generated.
Since no outside divorce professionals are involved, you would be left completely on you own with no assistance identifying, discussing, negotiating or resolving the necessary issues.
This can cause a number of problems for you and you risk making costly mistakes with far-reaching consequences.
Here are just a few of them:
On the other hand, with our virtual online mediation program, we don’t send you to a website and leave you to resolve your issues on your own with no help or guidance.
Quite the opposite!
You and your spouse will work directly with our expert mediator and company founder, Joe Dillon. And he will actively guide you through the same comprehensive, dignified and high quality divorce mediation process he provides to clients who mediate in-person.
Mediating virtually was great because it was more convenient and easier to work around busy work and travel schedules.
Plus, having multiple sessions to work through matters took a lot of the pressure off and proper consideration could be given to the different aspects of the agreement.
If you and/or your spouse live in California, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington State, Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota or Wisconsin, you can use our extremely popular and cost-effective Mediation-On-The-Go online divorce mediation format (also referred to as online mediation or virtual mediation).
And don't forget...You can still choose to use our Mediation-In-A-Day option and mediate in-person (face-to-face) at one of our local meeting locations, if you prefer.
Either way, you’ll receive the same comprehensive, high quality divorce mediation experience. With no differences in the effectiveness of the process or excellence of the results.
Being able to do everything via phone and internet made my divorce much easier because we were able to find times to mediate without the hassle of driving to a location to meet.
No matter what the reason, you and your spouse can enjoy all of the benefits of divorce mediation by mediating virtually. All you need is a phone and a computer or tablet with an internet access and you can connect from wherever you are.
I didn't know how we'd be able to do this based on "B's" work travel schedule.
Mediation online helped us get through the process in much less time than I thought would be possible.
In fact, many of our couples specifically choose to mediate virtually because they either cannot or choose not to be in the same room together for one reason or another.
You and your spouse don’t need to be in the same location together (unless you want to be) and you can participate in an online divorce mediation session in the comfort of your own home or office - or anywhere you have privacy and access to both a telephone and a computer or tablet with an Internet connection.
Getting divorced is hard enough as it is and being forced to spend time face to face with someone you might not be on the best terms with makes it harder.
The ability to do everything over the phone/internet takes a lot of the emotion and fighting out of the sessions.
You will need access to a land-line phone or a wireless phone in addition to a desktop or laptop computer with an Internet connection.
You do NOT need a video camera as no video will be used during your online mediation sessions.
Tablets are also fine to use for screen-sharing as long as the screen size is on the larger side so you can clearly see the detailed information Joe will be sharing with you.
Online divorce mediation worked for us as we have crazy lives!
At the beginning, I assumed that online mediation was essentially a "lesser" option for those couples wanting to save money. Looking back on it now, I actually believe that online mediation is probably MORE effective than in-person mediation.
Not being in the same room as your ex-spouse, and not seeing his (or her) facial expressions during the discussions, probably made the discussions a lot smoother than they would have been if we had been mediating in-person.
If you will be using a desktop or laptop computer, you will not need to download anything. You’ll simply go to a specific website (we’ll send you the link to it) and you’ll use the password we send you to log in to the screen sharing.
On the other hand, if you plan to use a a tablet instead of a desktop or laptop computer, you'll need to download a free app in advance of your first mediation session (we’ll send you instructions on how to easily do that.)
Either way, it's simple to participate in on an online mediation session and instructions will be sent to you prior to each session.
Since I'm a stay-at-home mom, I had no previous experience with online meetings and had reservations about this way of mediating. But we knew we wanted to work with Equitable Mediation and they didn't have an office near us.
Mediating virtually was easy and I felt very connected to Joe even though he wasn't sitting in the same room with us. I'm glad I took a chance on online mediation and I'm grateful to Joe for our detailed agreement and fair and peaceful outcome.
Going through a divorce will likely be one of the most significant and stressful life events you will ever face. But finding qualified divorce mediators to help you shouldn't be the hardest part of it.
Lucky for you, it doesn't have to be!
If you and your spouse are ready to begin the divorce process and both want to mediate with us, take the next step and book an initial meeting for the two of you.