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Divorce mediation offers couples seeking a legal separation or divorce with an efficient, economical, and productive alternative to litigation. In this process, both spouses come together and talk with our trained mediators to work through a checklist of relevant issues for a separation agreement, including parenting, assets, liabilities, child support, spousal support, and other financial and personal issues.
Mediation is a confidential process focused on problem solving, instead of finding fault. Our mediators serve as neutral facilitators and help couples work through a road map of relevant subjects, explain the law where necessary, and create a focused and productive environment so clients can make informed decisions about their future.
Orchard Mediation works with parents seeking to establish a parenting agreement. This is especially useful for unmarried parents who are separating and wish to develop a financial and logistical plan for their child(ren), as well as separating/divorcing couples. Through parenting mediation, parents are able to work out issues ranging from parenting schedules, child support, decision-making, and other important matters pertaining to the family. In a supporting manner, our mediators help parents navigate through all relevant issues and shed light on applicable laws so parents are empowered to make informed decisions in the best interest of each child.
Prenuptial & Postnuptial Mediation
Some couples set forth their wishes for financial and parental rights and obligations, in the event of divorce or death of one spouse. This can be done in the form of a legal agreement called a prenuptial agreement (when it is signed prior to the marriage) or a postnuptial agreement (when signed after the wedding). Our mediators can facilitate conversations between engaged or married couples in mediation sessions to work through all relevant issues.
Orchard Mediation offers marital mediation to spouses who are seeking practical strategies to address specific issues in their marriage. These issues can range from breakdown in communication to financial disagreements causing distress within the relationship. Using skills and techniques in conflict resolution, our mediators provide a structure to facilitate constructive conversations and support couples on their path to preserve the marital relationship.
Benefits of Mediation
Divorce is a stressful life event that can be exacerbated when parties face one another as adversaries. Mediation helps reduce the emotional toll by offering couples a healthy approach to resolving their dispute through collective problem-solving.
Agreements reached through mediation have the full acceptance of both parties since they are the actual architects of their understanding. This approach often yields stronger, longer-lasting results than settlements negotiated at a distance by advocates.
Allowing parties to reach an agreement for themselves, rather than relying on a judge to render a decision, is the driving force of mediation. Trained mediators facilitate a dialogue and create an environment for parties to explore their own solutions.
EFFICIENCY & AFFORDABILITY
Mediation is a cost-effective alternative to litigation that can be obtained on a pay-as-you-go basis. The total price tag on a mediated divorce typically totals a small fraction of what couples spend on a litigated divorce. Also, the out-of-court process is highly efficient, requiring only a handful of sessions.
AVOIDING RISK OF LOSS
Litigation poses a significant risk of loss to each party, since the final decision is not their own, but that of a judge. Mediation, in contrast, does not present this risk since any agreement entered is designed by, and acceptable to, both parties.
In mediation, parties speak on their own behalf and have the opportunity to communicate their positions and concerns directly to one another in a safe environment. This is unlike litigation, where attorney advocates are the key spokespeople.