Divorce Mediation is a non-adversarial way to divorce with dignity, respect, and a focus on the future instead of the past. Divorce mediation results in agreements that help you move forward and lead to a more successful co-parenting relationship. The chart and questions below will introduce you to Divorce Mediation Services offered by Keiter Mediation.
What is Divorce Mediation?
With Divorce Mediation, we help you and your spouse develop your own agreements for your future. These include but are not limited to:
- How to divide your marital property (assets and debts)
- Custody and decision making for children
- Parenting plans and time sharing for positive co-parenting
- Child support (the financial support each of you will provide your children)
- Spousal support (how much and for how long you may pay or receive alimony)
- Any other issues regarding your family's future that are important to you - to include new relationships, pets, communication, future expenses, other!
Do I Need an Attorney to get a Divorce?
Mediators don't give legal advice. And parties are encouraged to consult with an attorney if there is a question regarding legal rights. However, there is no law in Oklahoma requiring you to get an attorney at any point during your divorce - and divorcing without attorneys significantly reduces the cost of divorce.
Once agreements have been reached, we can assist you in completing the process by preparing court documents and providing assistance for self filing. Once approved by the court, the agreements made in mediation will become binding and your divorce will be complete.
How Long and Where Does Divorce Mediation Take?
Divorce mediation with children and minimal property generally takes two to three sessions depending on the complexity of issues and willingness of parties to negotiate. Divorce mediation is a flexible process and the parties make the decision regarding how many sessions are needed to adequately address the important issues regarding the future of their family and finances. Divorce mediation can take place through online-video conferencing with Zoom or in-person at our Oklahoma City office. With online-video mediation - you can meet together without having to be together. All that is needed is a computer/Ipad/smart phone with audio & camera, wifi, and a space free from interruptions.
How Much does Divorce Mediation Cost?
The average cost of divorce with children in Oklahoma is $18,700, often starting off with $3,000-5,000 retainers for each party. With Keiter Mediation, the fee for mediation is $1,000.00. This includes two 2-hour sessions as well as writing the Memorandum of Understanding for the parties to review and sign. The Memorandum of Understanding describes the agreements reached in mediation. If additional sessions are needed, fees are $200.00/hour and all sessions are 2 hours in length. Many of our clients get everything done in two sessions. However, additional sessions are available and up to the parties if they feel they need more time to adequately address all the issues they are dealing with.
In divorce, legal separation, or custody, most of our clients don’t have or want to use attorneys because of the adversarial nature of the process and to save on costs. In this case, we can prepare court documents, based on agreements made in mediation and will also help you with self filing. The fee for this service is $1,000.00 and can be paid at the time of mediation or when the parties want to start the filing process.
Who pays for Divorce Mediation?
Most choose to split the cost of divorce mediation. However, it's up to you and your spouse to decide who pays for divorce mediation. Mediation costs and payment arrangements are discussed at the mediation consultation.
We have difficulty communicating - how can this possibly work for us?
While mediation focuses on the future instead of the past - we understand that emotions are often raw during divorce. We have different strategies to help those who may be uncomfortable communicating with each other. And we can meet together or separately as needed. This process can happen using online-video conferencing with Zoom or in-person at our Oklahoma City office.
Why should we choose to mediate with Keiter Mediation?
- We help you divorce with dignity, respect, and fairness
- We simplify the process for you
- We save you time and money
- We help you focus on the future instead of the past
- We take care of you from start to finish
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