Other than the decision to divorce itself, there is no single more important decision than hiring a divorce mediator who has the skills and expertise to successfully guide you through your divorce negotiations.
And the best divorce mediator isn't necessarily the one who has an office closest to your home.
The mediator you choose will play a critical role in:
- How well your divorce will go - financially and emotionally;
- How thorough your agreement will be;
- How fair and equitable your settlement will be;
- How long your divorce will take to complete;
- How likely you'll need to return to court in the future to try to resolve an issue that wasn't addressed properly (or at all) during the time of your divorce.
It was convenient and cost effective to mediate with Equitable Mediation. And the best part was working with Cheryl and Joe.
Their knowledge and expertise was outstanding and their compassion and encouragement was greatly appreciated. They made a stressful, difficult process easy to navigate and manage.
I'm glad we chose to work with Joe and Cheryl instead of lawyers.
Equitable Mediation Services was definitely a more civilized way to go.
Equitable Mediation’s process was very easy and I would go the mediation route again.
It was good working with Cheryl and Joe and we saved a lot of money and conflict by not involving lawyers.
1. You both want to get a divorce or separation.
We suggest you book an initial meeting once you and your spouse have both made peace with the decision to divorce or separate.
2. You are both willing to consider mediation as a viable option for your divorce.
If you and your spouse are both willing to put aside your differences for the sake of your kids and truly commit to working through the terms of your divorce, book an initial meeting.
But if your spouse doesn't want to divorce, is still resentful or blaming you and only agreed to attend the meeting because you pressured them into it, skip booking an initial meeting and (sadly) hire an attorney instead.
3. You already learned about divorce mediation basics, our company, and our flat-fee mediation services.
This will help ensure our time together will be as informative for you as possible.
4. You are both ready to start the divorce mediation process.
We suggest you book an initial meeting once you and your spouse are both ready to actually begin the divorce mediation process.
Dear Joe, I am writing to thank you for the mediation process that “D” and I went through with you. Getting a divorce is hard enough but I am happy to say I am glad we found you and found out about mediation. It was definitely the way to go for “D” and me.
At first I was unsure of the whole process but after meeting with Cheryl for the initial meeting and having her explain exactly how mediation works and how we go about it, I was relieved to hear how much simpler of a process it is without getting attorneys involved.
You made every meeting very comfortable and you were able to solve every issue that came across our plate, without us fighting or killing each other. You also made sure we covered every base and we didn’t leave out anything.
Thanks for all you did for making a horrible time of our lives a much easier one to get through. I appreciate everything you did!
You guys are great! You made this potentially harrowing experience both pleasant and easy.
I would go into a session stressed and worried about what would happen, and leave feeling heard and understood, and satisfied with the outcome.
I appreciated the detailed explanations of what to expect during the process, being guided through the process itself, and being able to ask (frankly, being prodded to ask) questions if I was confused or unsure at any time.
You and your spouse don't have to be in the same location together unless you choose to be. You just need to be someplace quiet and private where you have access to a telephone and a computer or tablet with an internet connection.
There's nothing to download and no distracting video - we'll provide a link to a specific website and you'll enter the password we give you. This way, you'll be able to see visuals to illustrate the information we are sharing with you.
It's as simple and convenient as that!
Note: In these extraordinary times, if you're sheltering-in-place with kids at home, and don't want to risk them overhearing our conversation, let us know and we can utilize our chat feature. This way, you don't have to speak out loud during the meeting.