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DIVORCE MEDIATION

Divorce is sad, but it doesn't have to be emotionally and financially devastating. Mediation reduces emotional stress, financial expense, and parental conflict. Mediation empowers couples to make informed decisions about property rights, debts, custody, and support
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without the cost of two adversarial lawyers.  

Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce Mediation

What is divorce mediation?

Couples work together with a professional mediator to resolve all of the issues involved in their divorce including division of assets (such as real estate, investment accounts, and retirement benefits), allocation of debts, child and/or spousal support, and parenting arrangements for minor children.

What does the mediator do?

Mediators have different backgrounds and experience. Out-of-Court Solutions’ mediators are experienced in law, psychology, and business. Our mediators help couples fully understand all of the legal, financial, parenting, and other issues involved in their situation. Our mediators also help couples communicate, negotiate, explore alternative ways of resolving disagreements, and deal with the anger, sadness and other emotions that are likely in these situations. After a couple has reached full agreement, our mediators draft a comprehensive and legally binding settlement agreement.

How does mediation differ from court-based divorce?

In mediation, divorcing couples decide what's best for them, rather than surrendering control to attorneys or a judge. They reach agreement based on their particular relationship, needs, and standards. This takes place in a safe, collaborative environment and is significantly less stressful than the adversarial, win-lose procedures involved in court-based proceedings.

How much does mediation cost?

Mediation is inexpensive compared to using two separate lawyers -- with retainers ranging from $2,000 to $7,500 and more, from each party. That means  you and your spouse will together have to pay $4,000 to $15,000 or more -- just to get started!  With Out-of-Court Solutions you pay as you go, avoid all costly legal proceedings, and spend 50 to 75% less -- saving thousands of dollars.

How does mediation benefit children?

All of the mediators with Out-of-Court Solutions have backgrounds in psychology as well as law, have children of their own, and strive to help parents focus on the best interests of their children. In this way, mediation fosters increased communication and reduced anger between parents, and results in less harm to children and more cooperative parenting arrangements.

Are there times when it's not appropriate to mediate?

When one spouse is in physical danger, or is unwilling to participate in good faith, mediation would not be an appropriate choice.

What if we already agree on lots of issues?

Any of the issues already agreed upon serve as a foundation for resolution of other issues and overall agreement. This expedites the mediation and further reduces the cost.

What if we don't reach agreement?

By law anything said or prepared for mediation is strictly confidential and barred from being used as evidence if you are one of the few couples who do not reach full agreement.

What are the chances for success?

We are very proud of our success rate: over 95% of the couples who mediate with Out-of-Court Solutions reach full agreement.

How do I get other questions answered?

Arrange for a complimentary (free) consultation by calling Out-of-Court Solutions’ Phoenix office at (602) 404-1500.

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TESTIMONIALS

 

          

"Over the last four to five years I have referred several couples to Out-of-Court Solutions, who in their counseling decided they needed to end their marriage. These couples have reported to me  that they were so grateful for Dr. Ross's sensitivity and professional expertise. They said he was able to mediate their differences fairly and without the huge expenses of having adversarial lawyers.”
Frank Powers, Ph.D.

“Mr. Ross is a very skillful and effective family  mediator. My family law clients have benefited tremendously by using Out-of-Court Solutions to mediate their family divorce issues. The benefits are threefold: substantially lower overall costs (versus litigation), developing mutually beneficial and creative solutions for parents and spouses; and finally, minimizing tension, anxiety and conflict. I highly recommend his mediation service”
Robert L. Baumann Attorney

I have referred many clients to Oliver Ross for mediation and have consistently received great feedback. Most say that Dr. Ross is  compassionate, fair and thorough in all of his work. Some have said that he has had a remarkable calming effect on their relationship. I now encourage everyone who might be considering divorce to call Oliver first!”  Dennis Hunter, Ph.D.

“I truly can say that when recommending mediators to my clients and other attorneys, Oliver Ross is at the top of my list. It is rare to have clients call later and thank me for a referral but this is exactly what happens when I send people his way.” 
Gary Frank, Attorney

“Sometimes couples cannot resolve their differences and decide to divorce. This is often a painful decision that can create a great deal of animosity and bitterness. I have referred couples to Out-of-Court Solutions because of my confidence in their ability to help couples come to new terms in their relationship in a compassionate, impartial and efficient way.”  Jonathon Brooks, Ph.D.

“As part of my counseling practice I have referred a number of clients to Dr. Ross over the past several years and without exception I have received positive reports regarding his effectiveness and professionalism.”  Thomas M. Mitchell, Ph.D., C.P.C.

“Oliver is a very skillful, thoughtful mediator. He understands the pain of divorce and works to support people through this process with dignity and respect.” 
Sandy Jardine, M.S., C.P.C.

“I have on more than one occasion referred clients to Oliver Ross... It did not surprise me that I have received excellent feedback about his services. Situations were resolved to the satisfaction of both individuals and they were impressed with Oliver's skill and empathy. Dr Ross is my first choice for any divorce mediation.” 
Mark Loeser, MA, Family Counselor.