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Your Divorce. Your agreement. your way. 

Divorce can wreck everything and leave you feeling stranded

ARE YOU HEADED FOR DIVORCE?

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INTEGRATED
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A Better Way to Mediate Builds A Better Path to The Future. Separation and divorce are very difficult to go through. Uncertainty, anger, helplessness and fear for the future can feel overwhelming and immobilizing. We are here to help you and your partner. You can regain control, calm intense emotions, think more clearly, and make the choices necessary to uncouple and move forward in the healthiest way possible.

Divorce Innovations is focused on one objective: To provide the best outcomes for divorcing couples, their children and their families.

If the end of your marriage appears inevitable, you should know that traditional legal proceedings may terminate your marriage but not end your disagreements – or costs. The emotional and family stress of litigation can continue for years, leaving you, your ex-spouse, and your minor and/or adult children ill-equipped to move on.

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YOUR DIVORCE.  YOUR AGREEMENT.  YOUR WAY.

Litigation is not your only option. At Divorce innovations we offer something better- Integrated Mediation – a team approach that is less adversarial and more respectful than what litigation has traditionally provided.


As professionals who have worked with divorcing clients for many years, we've witnessed partners create positive constructive solutions to:

EQUITABLE DIVISION OF ASSETS
REDUCTION OF TAX CONSEQUENCES
SPOUSAL AND CHILD SUPPORT
CO-PARENTING ARRANGEMENTS

This is possible when couples have the environment, the tools, and the desire to work together in good faith. Further, there is a profound reduction in distress and negative feelings when communication flows and partners acquire an empowering sense of control that remains strong throughout the process.

Why wait? Find out more about this unique approach and the options we provide.  Plus, get to know our team and the innovative services we offer.


Here Is How We Work With You... Learn More About Our Process:

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Initial Contact and Concept Meeting...

After you call or email us, we will schedule an optional Concept Meeting.  This meeting is optional and at no charge to you.  The purpose of this meeting is to prepare you with information on your options for divorce.

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  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of Mediation, Collaborative Divorce and Litigation
  • Explain our team approach to divorce - Integrated Mediation - How it works with or without children and answer your basic questions about the process and the means to an end.
  • Differences in each person’s readiness to divorce
  • Your control over the number and scheduling of meetings
  • Other consulting professionals available to you
  • The role of attorneys*
  • Cost of the process

*It is not necessary to have an attorney but is recommended

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Integrated Mediation...

Integrated Mediation will address scenarios based on your unique situation.  We will address issues regarding divorce with or without children and also we may address Divorce Coaching

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WITHOUT CHILDREN...You will work primarily with our Financial Mediator to gather your financial information, then, look at and understand:

  • Alternative ways to divide assets
  • Spousal Support
  • Tax consequences of divorce
  • The value of additional professionals: Mortgage Specialist, Business Appraiser, etc.

It may be helpful to have a coaching session with the Counseling Mediator to learn more effective ways to negotiate, manage intense emotions and communicate.

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WITH CHILDREN...If you have minor children, in addition to working with the financial mediator you will have separate sessions with the Counseling/Parenting Mediator to prepare your Parenting Plan.

  • The Parenting Plan includes your agreements on Legal and Physical Custody
  • Your plan for resolving future disagreements
  • Parenting (aka Custodial) Time arrangements and
  • Supplemental agreements for effective co-parenting during and following the divorce.
  • As children grow an updated plan may need to be developed.
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Divorce Coaching

Divorce Coaching is available to help you learn new ways to address emotional, communication, conflict resolution, co-parenting and family issues that arise during mediation. These tools promote an efficient, cost effective process resulting in an enduring agreement and a more cooperative relationship post divorce.

Divorce Coaching can help you:
  • Reduce the intensity of negative emotions interfering with making good decisions and reaching agreements
  • Clarify short- and long-term needs and goals
  • Understand differences in emotional readiness to divorce between you and your spouse
  • Communicate more effectively when there are feelings of anger, hurt, fear and distrust.
  • Negotiate effectively using a step-by-step approach to Making Proposals and Counter Proposals
  • Assess counseling needs including those of parent(s) and children
  • Prepare to tell your children about the divorce
  • Prepare your parenting plan
  • Establish ground rules and actions for co-parenting

Divorce Coaching IS NOT Therapy. Rather than focusing on understanding how your past led to the present, Divorce Coaching focuses on your future, and helps you devise a workable plan for getting through your divorce so that you can create the future you want.

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Mediation Sessions...

Sessions are typically held face-to-face in a conference room with the financial or Counseling/Parenting mediator.

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  • You control breaks and separate consultations with the mediator or your attorney
  • Many clients do not have attorneys until the final stage of the process.
  • Each session with a mediator lasts about 2 hours.
  • You decide when and how often to schedule meetings

As part of your mediation, we provide you with tools to make each session efficient and productive including:

  • Mediation Guidelines
  • How to make proposals and counter proposals
  • How to manage strong negative feelings and arguments
  • How to reality test your joint solutions to problems

You will have opportunity to “test drive” both your financial and parenting arrangements prior to signing your formal agreement.

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Post Mediation and Documents

At the end of all mediation sessions, documents will be prepared and signed by all parties.  These documents will explain results and next steps as needed.

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Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Parenting Plan

The Financial Mediator prepares a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that summarizes your financial agreements.
This is submitted to each client’s attorney or if no attorneys, submitted to our Attorney Consultant who prepares your final Settlement documents.
We encourage both parties to retain an attorney to review your final agreement.

The Parenting Plan is drawn up by the Parenting Mediator

  • Completed format and submitted to the attorneys.
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Mediation is concluded and all documents are filed with the Court.

At this point you have completed the most effecient way to settle disputes...
Integrated Mediation!

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Integrated Mediation provides the following conclusions and benefits:

  • It has the potential for faster resolution and significantly lower overall costs
  • Provides a framework to resolve issues that may arise following the divorce (adjustments to child support, parenting time, visitation schedules, etc.)
  • Includes a memo of understanding for the couple and a complete Parenting Plan
  • It is conducted privately*

Finally, Couples who reach a mediated agreement are more likely to comply with its terms minimizing the need to return to court except under previously agreed upon circumstances.

*Please note: certain aspects of the settlement do become public record. However, Divorce Innovations makes every effort to protect the confidentiality of as much information as possible. If litigation appears inevitable, we refer couples to traditional divorce attorneys.

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  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of Mediation, Collaborative Divorce and Litigation
  • Explain our team approach to divorce - Integrated Mediation - How it works with or without children and answer your basic questions about the process and the means to an end.
  • Differences in each person’s readiness to divorce
  • Your control over the number and scheduling of meetings

*It is not necessary to have an attorney but is recommended

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