. . . and Other Frequently Asked Questions
How long does mediation take?
Each mediation session is scheduled for 2 hours, and total time required for a divorce averages 3-5 sessions. Some people take less time (many of my clients only need one or two), and some take more, depending on the number and complexity of the issues and the level of conflict.
How long will it take for our divorce to be final?
By law, it takes a minimum of six months to finalize a divorce. At the first session, we will discuss whether you are ready to file. If both parties are ready, we will prepare the initial papers and file them on your behalf.
What if we already agree on lots of issues?
Any agreements previously reached will expedite the mediation, thereby saving time and reducing the cost.
Are there times when it’s not appropriate to mediate?
In mediation, each person must be willing and able to participate fully and make full disclosure of all financial matters. If one spouse fears or is intimidated by the other, or if either spouse is unwilling to participate in good faith, then mediation is not appropriate.
How much does mediation cost?
Ms. Barker’s fee for divorce mediation is $450 per hour. Clients have the option of prepaying 10 hours, in which case the fee is reduced to $400 per hour.
Can we pay by credit card?
Yes. We accept Mastercard and Visa.
OTHER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are we required to have lawyers? Can we have lawyers if we feel the need?
While parties are not required to consult an attorney, they are strongly encouraged to do so. Parties are advised to meet with an attorney if they have any questions about their legal rights or responsibilities, and to have the final agreement reviewed by an independent lawyer prior to signing. Attorneys generally do not attend the mediation sessions.
What if there are difficult emotional issues?
Strong feelings are a normal part of divorce. If emotional issues are impeding the parties’ ability to work together cooperatively, the mediator may recommend that the individuals engage in individual Conflict TransformationTM (CT) sessions either prior to or while doing mediation. Click here for more information.
Is mediation confidential?
Mediation is private and confidential. Information disclosed in mediation is held in strict confidence by the mediator.
What do we need to do to prepare?
It is not necessary to do any formal preparation. However, to make the most of your time during your mediation sessions, it is helpful to come with basic information in mind regarding your assets, liabilities, income, expenses and goals.
What happens at the first session?
At the first session, we will review the mediation agreement and establish any ground rules needed to make the process fair and effective for everyone. Together we will develop an agenda of the issues that need to be addressed in mediation. We will create a mediation plan, including a plan for gathering necessary information and documents and, if the parties are ready, we will begin working through the issues.
How do we begin?
Call us at 415-925-0900 or email ebarker@BarkerDivorceMediation.com to schedule your first appointment. Prior to the session, we will send you a confirmation packet, including intake forms, a copy of the mediation agreement that you will be asked to sign at the first session, and directions.
Eileen was diplomatic, fair and compassionate. She kept the sessions on track and focused
without letting twenty years of communication problems derail the process.