The Steps Taken in our Mediation Process
Setting up the process – I speak with you over the phone, either together or separately according to your preference. I answer any questions you have about the process. You both decide you would like to try mediation, and you are choosing me as their mediator.
Mediation Sessions – My mediation sessions are typically two hours long, and this is where we begin. Virtual Mediation uses technology such as telephone conference calls, email and the internet to manage the process. Your location or that of your spouse is not relevant. Depending on the issues involved, we may solve the entire case in one session or only focus on the most time-critical matters.
Gathering Information – You may need to organize data for some aspects of your case. This might involve disclosing documentation and other background data to one another (if they have not already done so) as to current values of your assets (value of cars, homes, and retirement accounts), credit card balances, mortgage amounts, and so forth.
Creating Documents – At some point, you will decide to file the legal paperwork for a divorce. My services are a la carte. If we file the papers, when they are returned by the Court, I serve both parties and that commences the “interlocutory” six-month waiting period before a divorce can become final.
Court Approval – Legal paperwork for an uncontested divorce gets drafted and circulated via electronically so that they can sign it and return it to me. I then compile all of this and submit it to the Court for the Judge to approve it. From this point forward, all that remains is for the legally mandated waiting period to pass and the divorce is final. You would never need to appear in Court.
Read What Clients Have Said
About my Virtual Mediation Process
I would definitely recommend you to anyone going through a divorce. You made the transition of the end of our long term marriage go smoothly….you were very helpful in all our questions and issues we couldn’t deal with on our own.
In my divorce, my ex had moved out of state and we used John as our mediator via phone and email. He did a very good job at helping us maintain progress on a number of complex issues that needed to be resolved so that we ended things amicably and fairly.
With John’s skillful mediation and diligence, we quickly moved through the final stages of our divorce process; support, house buyout, visitation and so forth, We had a final agreement reviewed and signed within 3 weeks of retaining John’s services.
John Butler is a professional mediator who I trust completely. Two women in my life who are very dear personal friends were attempting to negotiate divorce settlements with their spouses. Each situation included a great deal of emotional turmoil, the litigation costs were staggering and the situation had reached an ugly stalemate.
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