No one seems to want to think about divorce during the Holidays. It is the Thanksgiving and Hanukkah/Christmas season again - the time of year when we spend tons of time with our families and extended families. In addition, it is an expensive time of year, where people max out their credit cards buying gifts for everyone.
Lots of family plus lots of expenses often leads to tension. So, every year, at this time, Westfield Mediation, LLC gets calls from people who are ready to get divorced and want more information about divorce mediation. Many of them say that they want to get divorced, but they want to wait until the new year. They are going to try to get through one more December.
So for those people who want to collect information now, before scheduling in January, here's the quick scoop on divorce mediation. Divorce mediation is faster, cheaper and less stressful than litigation. Mediation usually takes about 4 to 6 sessions, and costs around $3000 to $4000. A trained, impartial mediator works with each couple to create a personalized agreement on parenting, alimony and division of assets and debts. There is no financial retainer required - it is pay as you go, and you can set the pace.
So the next steps are up to you - you can start the process now, or you can get through the Holidays, and call us in January.