In a true mediated divorce, the parties work out an agreement between themselves, only after which do they petition the court for a divorce.  In practice, this enables the couple to go to court with a signed separation agreement, file their joint petition and the paperwork associated with it, appear before a judge for a brief hearing, and leave the building before lunch. 

By paying a single attorney to mediate their issues and prepare their settlement, the couple can save themselves a great deal of time, money, and anxiety.  In cases involving children, the process of working through issues rather than fighting over them helps to train parents with skills that will be useful in resolving child-related issues that will inevitably arise.

Because the vast majority of divorce cases ultimately are resolved by agreement rather than trial, mediation, either individually or with the assistance of counsel, can be of great value to both parties.

Attorney Clark enjoys few things more than helping bring a couple through their differences to a position of “yes.”  In fact, it has been his experience that couples who are able to communicate with each other effectively enough to work out a settlement frequently rediscover their interest in fighting for their marriage, rather than dissolving it.





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