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Divorce Mediation Attorney

What is Divorce Mediation

Divorce mediation takes place when a neutral individual helps a couple discuss undecided divorce issues. It is best used in situations where people are having the same conversations over and over and getting nowhere.

These repeated conversations typically happen because you’ve reached the point where you’re no longer able to hear each other. A trained mediator can make sure both people are able to take in what the other is sharing and move the conversation forward to a productive place.

A divorce mediation lawyer helps keep the discussion focused on what matters while helping each person to stay calm and reasonable. The goal of the mediation is to help partners devise a plan they both agree on. 

This lets them move forward without having to go to court. It also allows them to create an agreement that works for their particular situation so it can be tailored precisely how they want it. 

Change is hard. Mediation gives partners the opportunity to work out their differences and know they both did their best to understand and to be fair to the other side. It also allows both parties to feel more positive about the end of their relationship.

Divorce mediation is often faster than traditional methods, as well as usually less expensive. In addition, many people find this process easier and more effective because it’s private, confidential, and non-adversarial. Mediation gives you greater control over your divorce settlement as any final decision will be made by you and your spouse.

Why Opt for Meditation?

Traditional divorce can be emotionally and financially taxing. Divorce mediation is an effective alternative that can provide a variety of benefits, including: 

  • More control over the outcome
  • A quicker resolution
  • Reduced stress and worry
  • Increased cooperation between both parties
  • Improved communication skills 
  • Cost savings 

If you are considering divorce, it’s important to determine if divorce mediation might be right for your situation. Experienced divorce mediation attorneys can guide couples through the process and help them reach mutually beneficial agreements. With the help of a qualified professional, divorce mediation could be just the solution you’re looking for.

Hire a Divorce Mediation Lawyer

At Truce Law, our team of experienced divorce mediation lawyers provide participants with the guidance and support they need to successfully reach a divorce settlement that is tailored to their unique needs. We understand the importance of maintaining an open dialogue between both parties and strive to help them create solutions without going through costly and time-consuming court proceedings.

Contact us today for more information on how our divorce mediation lawyers can help you find the resolution you’re looking for.

Justin W. Aanenson, Attorney

Frustrated with Repeated, Unproductive Arguments?

Major Benefits of Divorce Mediation

Choosing mediation as a solution gives you:

Private Process

Mediation is a confidential process. Not only does it take place in private, but your discussions can’t be later used in court.

Predictable Price

We charge an hourly rate for mediation and limit sessions to three hours in order to maximize results and control costs.

Empowering People

Leaving major family decisions to the court can make you feel helpless. With divorce mediation you decide the outcome.

Collaborative divorce service locations

We’re here to support you with a range of legal services that you and your family may need. Here are a few of the areas we provide services:

Divorce Mediation Attorney FAQs

Common questions asked about the divorce mediation

The mediation process begins with a quick confirmation that both you and spouse are ready to participate and hoping to reach an agreement. In order to discuss the issues, it’s important to have a complete list of finances and important parenting details. In order to ensure we have the proper information at mediation day we’ll email a questionnaire that you’ll complete prior to the session.
Depending on your situation we prefer one of two mediation styles, facilitative or evaluative. A facilitative mediation takes place with everyone present in the same room. The mediators role is to guide the conversation, so the participants work together to create their own solutions.

 

An evaluative mediator takes more control of the solutions. Often parties are in different rooms and the mediator goes back and forth between the two. The role of the mediator is to act as an expert and provide suggestions based on their experience and legal expertise.

Your overall cost to mediate will depend on how much time you need to mediate, which includes the in person discussions as well as document drafting that is provided to reflect your agreements. From start to finish you can expect the process to cost around $3000. We find that early in the divorce process mediation more than pays for itself when compared to the legal fees that could be spent to resolve the same issues.

 

In addition to the mediation, additional services can be added on depending on the needs of the family. This often includes services like drafting settlement agreements, quit claim deeds or parenting plans. Our hourly rates range from $310 to $400 for document drafting, but also offer flat rates for specific services.

Here are four pieces of information parents should bring to mediation: 1) Child related costs (i.e. daycare, school, health insurance, extracurriculars, etc.): List the monthly costs for common expenses that you pay today and expect to pay in the future.

2) School Schedules: Write down your child’s weekly schedule, including schooling and activities. Consider what parenting schedule would be best and what activities and programs they will be involved in down the road.

3) Summer & Holiday Schedules: Make a list of holidays plans that are important to you and think about what parenting should look like in the summer.

4) Monthly income of parents: Your most recent tax returns, W-2s and 1099s can be used to calculate child support.

First, the agreement needs to be put in writing. Most people prefer to use a separation contract to cover the major financial issues. The best part about a separation contract is that it won’t be filed with the court, so your personal information is kept private. If there are children, a parenting plan and child support order will also be prepared.

 

Second, once the paperwork is ready, you’ll have the opportunity to review the documents with an attorney. It’s important that you feel confident in the settlement you’ve reached. An attorney can give you that peace of mind and make suggestions that will enhance the agreement.

 

Third, the paperwork will be filed with the court. This might be done by mail or at your local courthouse. The judge will review the paperwork and sign off on the forms, which finalizes the agreement.

 

Last, you may need to take steps to carry out the contract. For example, you might need to sign a quit claim deed to transfer ownership of a home. The timing and details of those tasks will be included in the separation contract.

We service clients all across Washington including places such as: Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Shoreline, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Renton, Lakewood, Federal Way, Tumwater, Lacey and South Bay.

Our three offices are located in Seattle, Olympia & Tacoma.

Testimonials & reviews

Sart
Sart
2024-05-17
A family law firm that often settles out of court with "win, win" solutions for all involved. Resolve the matter instead of fighting in court where only the lawyers win.
Kate Winterbottom
Kate Winterbottom
2024-05-02
Justin, the owner of Truce Law, is truly exceptional in every sense. His unwavering dedication to customer satisfaction and employee success sets him apart as a leader in the legal community. Justin goes above and beyond to ensure that each client receives personalized attention and support throughout the divorce or adoption process. His expertise in family law combined with his genuine empathy and understanding make him a trusted advocate for those navigating difficult life transitions. I would not hesitate to refer clients to Justin. Moreover, Justin's commitment to employee success is evident in the positive and supportive work environment he cultivates at Truce Law. By prioritizing the well-being and professional growth of his team, Justin ensures that every member is equipped to deliver exceptional service to clients. I have full confidence in Justin and his team to handle even the most complex family law matters with integrity, compassion, and skill. If you're seeking legal assistance for divorce or adoption, look no further than Justin and Truce Law. You'll be in the best hands possible.
Jeff Bloomfield
Jeff Bloomfield
2024-05-01
The team at Truce Law are conscientious and dedicated to truly serving their clients well. I would not hesitate to recommend Truce Law for your Family Law Needs.
Dan Peterson
Dan Peterson
2024-03-08
Breaking up is hard. I was an emotional wreck at times. The staff at Truce Law was compassionate and patient; they walked me through it. My opponent was vicious. Truce handled the negotiations with strength, competence, and dignity. Look no further.
David Singleton
David Singleton
2023-12-14
Truce Law is simply the best! Divorce is never easy for anyone but having them on your side makes it a whole lot easier! The team was always prompt, communicative and always had my best interests in mind. 10/10!
Stefanie Arnold
Stefanie Arnold
2023-08-07
Justin and staff were a great resource through my divorce, highly recommended
Hristiyan Kolev
Hristiyan Kolev
2023-05-26
First of all I would like to thank to Justin for his great work! My case was not easy (don’t want to use the word ugly), but thanks to Justin and his team I manage to win the case and being able to be with my child once again which was the goal from the beginning. The process of the divorce took more than a year and he and his team were with me the whole time. Very patient, persistent and knowledgeable. I will always recommend his service. Good luck to everyone out there.
Russ Krause
Russ Krause
2023-04-19
If you are looking for a friendly and knowledgeable as well as highly skilled legal team to help you through those family law issues that come up in life, then Truce Law is the place! Competent and friendly staff at all levels puts you at ease. Their rates are very competitive and they are always in communication with you to keep you on top of what they are doing. I highly recommend them to you.
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