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Online Divorce Mediator Joe Dillon Divorce Coach Cheryl Dillon

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 and terrifying situation on your hands.

You’ve been told to shelter in place, forgo socializing, and work from home. All these directives are disruptive and 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 and begin your mediated divorce, THIS happens - yet another facet of your life appears to be put on hold.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

For more than 10 years, we’ve been conducting online divorce mediation with great success.

In fact, with our help and proven process, 98% of our client couples reach a private, out-of-court, negotiated agreement and avoid litigation.

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

Mediation-On-The-Go™ Online Mediation Services

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Divorce Mediation That Fits Your Busy Life!

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.

Yikes!

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 with conflict resolution?

Yes! It's called Mediation-On-The-Go™ online divorce mediation!

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Change the Way You Think about Divorce Mediation

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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?

You don’t.

Technology has advanced so much in recent years. And paved the way for us to offer a divorcing couple like you and your husband or wife an expedient, professional and cost-effective way to complete mediation. 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!

- Divorce Mediator Joe Dillon

 

 

How does Online Divorce Mediation work?

online mediation.jpgMediation-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, our mediator, will actively guide you and your wife or husband 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 (formerly known as child custody), child support, alimony, dividing marital property, etc.

But instead of the three of you sitting in the same room together, the two of you will be in your own separate location(s) 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!

- R.S.

 

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How are your virtual divorce mediation services different than those “quickie online divorce” providers I've seen advertised?

It’s different in every possible way!

Other Online Divorce Providers.jpgIn that type of Internet Divorce, you 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 divorce issues (parenting plan, child support, alimony, division of marital assets and liabilities).

This can cause a number of problems for your divorce case and you risk making costly mistakes with far-reaching consequences.

Here are just a few of them:

  • If you “don’t know what you don’t know” about the issues and financial matters surrounding your situation, you could inadvertently agree to something that is not fair or in your best interests or the best interests of your children.
  • The system may not address all of the complexities that your case requires which could impact the quality of your agreement and leave you with partially or unresolved issues.
  • Because you would be answering pre-programmed questions, there is little to no ability to customize your agreement to your unique needs or situational complexities.
  • And, if you and your husband/wife are not in agreement on all of the issues or are not willing to work together to resolve your dispute, you simply won’t be able to use that type of divorce option.

On the other hand, with our virtual online divorce 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!

Our online mediation service is hands-on, real divorce mediation.

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.

The only thing that’s different is the format used to conduct your negotiation sessions.

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.

- E.K.

 

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Who can use Equitable Mediation's Mediation-On-The-Go online mediation services?

Virtual Divorce MediationIf you live in California, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington State, Michigan, 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 divorce mediation).

You’ll receive a comprehensive, high quality divorce mediation experience with an effective process that produces excellent results.

And you’ll always work directly with Equitable Mediation founder, divorce mediator Joe Dillon and co-founder, divorce coach Cheryl Dillon, no matter where you live.

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.

- L.D.

 

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Who are good candidates for Online Divorce Mediation?

  • Who Are Good Candidates for Online Divorce Mediation.jpgBusy Professionals – Maybe one or both of you travel extensively for work. Or your busy work schedule makes it all but impossible to mediate face-to-face. By using virtual divorce mediation, you can negotiate privately from any location of your choosing and eliminate the need to take time off or battle through unpredictable traffic, stressed out, trying to get to a mediation appointment on time.
  • Busy Parents – With online mediation, you can conduct your sessions in the comfort and convenience of your home or office, removing the need to scramble to arrange for childcare.
  • Out of State Divorces – Holding negotiation sessions virtually eliminates the need for one of you to have to travel a great distance in order to realize the benefits of mediation if one of you works or lives in another state.
  • Couples who do not live or work near any of our local meeting locations.
  • Housebound or Immobile Individuals – If it’s just not possible for one or both spouses to leave the house due to a disability or medical condition, online mediation can the best solution for you and your family.
  • Couples with a Power Imbalance - Because the parties don't have to be in the same location, divorce mediation online can give you the confidence and freedom to speak openly and honestly. Mediating online can be empowering, especially if you tend to feel intimidated or overpowered by your wife or husband.
  • High Conflict Couples - If the conflict level between you is very high, sitting in a divorce mediator's office next to your husband or wife is probably the last thing either of you wants to do. Online divorce mediation can give you just the space apart you need to ease the hostility in your interactions. And enable you to have a more productive negotiation and avoid divorce attorneys.

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.

And your divorce mediation can be convenient, efficient and productive.

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.

- K.T.

 

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Does my spouse need to be in the same room with me during an online mediation session?

No!

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 husband or wife 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.

- L.D.

 

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What kind of computer do I need for your mediation online (Mediation-On-The-Go) program? And do I need a video camera?

You will need access to a land-line phone or a cellular 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!

- E.M.

 

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.

- A.N.

 

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Do I need to download special software in order to mediate virtually?

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.

- C.L.

 

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How to Get Started with Online Mediation Services at Equitable Mediation

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, take the next step and book an initial meeting for the two of you.


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