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Family Centered Mediation 

Initial Consultation

Spouses or Co-Parents Must Present Together for the     Initial Consultation 

Children's Participation 

In some cases, children may be invited to participate in the mediation process. This can prove most beneficial when the children are 12 years of age or older.
 

Service Agreement

Homework Given
Mediation Plan Built
1st Appointment Scheduled

Mediation Starts

2 Hour Appointments
2-3 Appointments on Average
Over the Course of Several Weeks

Discovery

In some cases, prior to starting mediation, the following information needs to be obtained: 

  • Home Appraisals

  • Asset Evaluations

  • Business Appraisals

  • 401K or Pension Evaluations 

Final Agreement 

Paperwork is prepared and signed, and filed with the courts. 

How Our Process Differs from Traditional Mediation

At Schuller & Associates, we take a Family Centered Approach to Mediation

This means we involve parents and children when developing parenting plans. In cases where the situation is amicable, and the children are developmentally appropriate, their input can be expressed directly during the mediation process. In cases where the children are not old enough to participate, our Mediators may interview the children privately, the results of which will be explored with the parents at the next mediation. The Pro's and Con's of including the children in the litigation process will be explored during the initial consultation, and no contact will be made with the children unless both parents agree. 

At Schuller & Associates, we take a Low Pressure Approach to Mediation

 

Under the traditional model, you and your spouse or co-parent, and perspective attorneys, are sequestered for upwards of 6 hours in a conference room until a settlement is reached. Such a high pressured approach may result in agreements being made that do not serve the best interest of you or your family.  Although some agreements can be modified at a later date, others can not. In contrast,  our low pressure approach involves meeting for several mini-mediation sessions over the course of weeks. This approach affords time to consider the long term ramifications of the agreements made thus far, and to try out parenting plans prior to signing the mediated agreement. 

Service Packages

Initial Consultation $200.00 which is applied towards service package if selected

Mediation for Modification of Parenting Plan 

  • Up to 4 Hours of        Face-to-Face Time

  • Parenting Plan Prepared and Agreements Filed with the Courts

Mediation for
Development of a  New Parenting Plan

  • Up to 6 Hours of        Face-to-Face Time

  • Parenting Plan Prepared and Agreements Filed with the Courts

Mediation for Development of a New Parenting Plan and Property Division 

  • Up to 8 Hours of        Face-to-Face Time

  • Parenting Plan Prepared and Agreements Filed with the Courts

Most issues are resolved within the allotted time for each package, however if additional time is needed, it can be purchased at the rate of $200.00 an hour, which is due at the beginning of each session.

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