Divorce mediation is a process in which Carol as your mediator acts as a neutral third party. As your divorce mediator she will help you reach a settlement in your legal issues. Her role as your mediator is to provide information about the law, guide your discussion, explore settlement alternatives and resolve any conflicts. From her background as a real estate broker, marriage family therapist and collaborative attorney she will help you reach a mindful settlement.
What happens in the divorce mediation process?
Together you and your spouse will meet with Carol Delzer in private mediation sessions. You will exchange necessary information, interests and ideas about various ways to settle your differences. Carol will provide you information about the law as it pertains to your situation, including property division and will run a guideline calculation of child and spousal support.
This process allows you and your spouse to make the decisions together, rather than attorneys going back and forth with your information or having to argue your case in court before a judge.
What are the advantages of mediation in divorce?
- Mediation allows the parties to obtain legal information from a neutral, non-adversarial attorney at the same time.
- Mediation is less expensive than traditional litigation, making it economically feasible for almost all couples.
- Mediation reduces the fears associated with divorce or legal separation.
- Mediation does not require any court appearances.
- Mediation avoids the polarization and hostility that often result from court proceedings.
- Mediation allows the parties direct involvement in the decision making process.
- Mediation allows the parties to move at a mutually agreeable pace, usually taking a fraction of the time compared to court proceedings.
- Mediation establishes a level of communication and cooperation between the parties that is certain to pay dividends long into the future.
- Mediation assists the parties with children in transitioning from marital partners to parenting partners.
- Mediation allows for the development of a parenting plan in everyone’s best interest, especially the children.
Is Carol my mediator and attorney?
Carol Delzer is a licensed California attorney, and Certified Family Law Specialist, however in the role of mediator she is not acting as an attorney for either party nor is she acting as an attorney for both parties. Instead, it is her role as mediator is to provide each party, in the presence of the other, with the information necessary to allow them to make informed decisions regarding legal issues. She will also prepare all the paperwork and file it with the court, so you never have to go to court.
What is it going to cost?
Mediation is generally the least expensive process to obtain a divorce that is attorney guided.
There is No Retainer for Carol’s mediation services. Unlike paying a retainer to an attorney, mediation fees are charged as services are used. You control how much time you spend in mediation. Carol will give you direction and homework assignments to keep the cost down, work you would normally pay an attorney to do.
She charges her hourly rate when you are with her and often couples share this and then only have to pay their portion. Legal documents are charged on a flat fee basis, which she will review with you. She promises a date certain for documents to be prepared and moves the case forward in an efficient and cost effective manner.
Carol has clients come from throughout Northern California for her mediation services.Call Carol F. Delzer to schedule an initial consultation at a reduced fee, and to find out if mediation is right for you.