Divorce Mediation Services
Divorce mediation is a process in which Carol Delzer as your Mediator acts as a neutral third party to help you through your divorce without going to Court.
As your divorce mediator she will file all the court documents necessary, help you reach a settlement in your legal issues and file the final signed agreement with the court.
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 virtual mediation sessions. You will exchange necessary information via email and by mail.Carol will guide you to explore your interests, ideas and various settlement options as well as develop 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.
Frequently Asked Question
Is Carol my mediator and attorney?
Carol Delzer is a licensed California attorney, 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.
Do I need an attorney?
Family Law Center will prepare all the court documents you will need, including but not limited to: A Petition for Dissolution, A Summons with automatic orders, your Marital Settlement Agreement, a Qualified Domestic Relations Order, if you are dividing a retirement plan and any other necessary court documents needed to obtain a divorce.
We always encourage our mediation clients to seek an independent attorney for a consultation, advice, or further information if there are complex issues, such as tax considerations, valuation problems, conflict impasse, or for a review of legal agreements.
What is it going to cost?
Mediation is generally the least expensive process to obtain a divorce that is attorney-guided.
The cost of divorce mediation is less expensive than any other professional legal option. We do not charge a retainer, you pay as you go and only pay for the services you request.
Carol Delzer offers a 30-minute initial consultation at a discount of $75 for 30 minutes.
The court documents prepared by Family Law Center are charged a flat fee basis and the cost is fixed in the Confidential Mediation Agreement you will receive when you have your 30-minute mediation consultation.
There is No Retainer for Carol’s mediation services. Unlike paying a retainer to an attorney.
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.
Carol charges her hourly rate of $400 an hour when mediating and often couples share this and then only have to pay 50% or 1/2 the hourly rate.
Carol has clients come from throughout Northern California for her mediation services.