Mediation is the quickest, easiest, and cost-effective way to finalize a divorce. At Tsang & Associates, we can obtain a divorce decree within 6 months of filing and will assist couples in negotiating a fair marital settlement agreement for a one-time flat fee. In addition, our firm may be able to provide a one-hour divorce customer service meeting, to allow both parties to quickly and efficiently separate without hard feelings. Our attorneys will assess your circumstances and assist you in the preparation of all the necessary forms and documents to help you finalize your divorce.
Our fee structure is unique to us as we strive to tailor our services for each client individually. We adapt price standards that are capable of fluctuating for each client. Clients may retain us for one or all of the above steps/services of mediation.
We are happy to customize a proposal for you during a consultation. Please see the below information.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
At Tsang & Associates, we treat each client like a well-formed partnership and involve you in every step of the process. During mediation, we work together with you until you are satisfied with our services. By the end of our partnership, our goal is not only to help you find success but also to help you become an expert in your own case.
CASE PROCESSING OVERVIEW
Step 1: Strategy Session for Mediation
This is the most crucial step for your Mediation. We will review all of the supporting documents to create a strategy, a customized checklist, and a timeline to serve as the guiding foundation for the entire case preparation.
Step 2: Problem Determination
Step 3: Identifying Options and Alternatives
A realistic assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of each party’s own position will be the goal of this stage.
Step 4: Clarification and Agreement Writing
Once a middle ground is reached, the terms of the settlement will be written by the parties. With legal counsel present, the document can be reviewed and signed upon agreement.
Checklist of Documents
To get a head start preparing for divorce mediation, here’s a divorce mediation checklist of documents to begin gathering:
- Tax Returns (Federal & State)
- Pay Stubs
- W-2’s and/or 1099’s
- Partnerships & Other Business Interests Valuation
- Real Estate Property Valuation
- Vehicles, Boats, Trailers Valuation
- Savings, Checking, Money Market and CD Accounts
- Non-Retirement Investments such as Stocks, Bonds, Secured Notes, Mutual Funds
- Executive Compensation – Stock Options, RSUs or Other Executive Comp
- Retirement Accounts and Pensions
- Annuities, IRAs, Deferred Compensation
- Life Insurance (Whole Life Policies)
- Jewelry, Antiques, Art, Coin Collections, or Other Property with significant value
- Accounts Receivable & Unsecured Notes
- Real Estate Loans
- Credit Cards and Revolving Credit
- Other Loans and Debts
- Depending on the state you live in, homeowner insurance policy information, auto insurance information, health insurance information, and other information may also be needed
Considerations for a Successful Mediation
- Agree to mediate, arrive prepared to hear what the other party has to say and have a meaningful conversation.
- Make a list to ensure the meeting is productive and you cover everything including assets and possessions. You’ll also want to gather records of income sources and submit a financial affidavit that serves as a roadmap of the financial factors during mediation.
- Set goals, you’ll need to spend considerable time trying to determine what’s truly important to you, and what you can live without. Making lists here will help as well.
- Think about your kids, you have to reach an agreement that finds a way to minimize the negative impacts on your children and co-parenting that supports and serves your kids’ best interests.
- Mediation is much less expensive than a court trial or a series of hearings.
- Most mediations end in a settlement of all of the issues in your divorce.
- Mediation is confidential, with no public record of what goes on in your sessions.
- Mediation allows you to arrive at a resolution based on your own ideas of what is fair in your situation, rather than having a solution imposed upon you based on rigid and impersonal legal principles.
- You can still have a lawyer give you legal advice if you wish.
- You and your spouse — not the court — can control the process.
- The mediation process can improve communication between you and your spouse, helping you avoid future conflicts.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does Mediation take?
Every case is different, but the average case usually takes at least three to four two-hour mediation sessions, spread out over at least a month or two. More complex cases can take four to six months to complete.
Will we have to appear in court?
No court appearances are necessary by either party for mediation.
How do divorce court documents get filed?
At Tsang & Associates, we can assist the parties in filing all papers with the court, including starting the dissolution of marriage action, preparing and filing the necessary disclosure documents, and preparing the agreement, judgment, and final papers to be filed with the court.
Will the agreement be enforceable?
Once an agreement has been signed, that agreement is enforceable, however, usually, a judgment based on the agreement is prepared and filed with the court, and is just as enforceable as any other divorce judgment.
SCHEDULE A SESSION
Call or email us to set up your 1-hour consultation. Easily pay the $250 consultation fee over the phone or through our email link. If you would like to have a quick chat with our team before setting up the consultation, feel free to use the calendar on the right to book your 10 minute call.
In addition to mediation, we also specialize in other areas of family counsel. At Tsang & Associates, we treat you like family to ensure your family gets the full legal support needed. Check out our comprehensive services down below.
IT'S LIKE HAVING A LAWYER IN THE FAMILY
- As a family-owned law firm, we pride ourselves on taking care of our clients as if they are family. As your family counsel, we offer you the same support we provide our family, whether it is legal representation or problem-solving.
- A lawyer in the family provides you the comfort to pursue any endeavors and face any challenges when they arise.
HOW IT WORKS
Just like your bank account, you maintain $5,000 fully-refundable deposit in your own private Escrow Account. The money you deposit will go towards your billing services and you are able to take out the money anytime. If a problem arises, we assist and guide you if you have the $1,500 amount in your Escrow account. Also, when you have a family counsel with us, we provide exclusive service and fee deductions on additional legal services you might be interested in.
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