What to expect when you’re getting started

How can I talk to a mediator?

We offer free 15 minute phone consultations.  Just call us at 360-892-2992 or email us to get in touch.

How does mediation work?

Centerpoint mediators have years of training and experience helping people resolve problems and reach agreements.  By narrowing topics, setting ground rules for respectful discussions, calmly inviting participants to share what is important to them, guiding talk away from old arguments and back to the present topic, and then negotiating options, mediators lead clients to reach agreements that benefit everyone.

How do we start the mediation process?

Each person begins with an individual meeting with the mediator. All meetings are being held as video conferences, so you can meet from the privacy of your home, office, or even your car.  All individual meetings are confidential. You will be able to ask all of your questions and get to know the mediator. During these individual conversations, both you and the mediator will decide if mediation is a good fit for your situation.  She will let you know how to start preparing for joint meetings.  After each person has met individually with the mediator, joint meetings will be scheduled.  These first individual meetings cost $95.00; payment arrangements are made in advance.

Is our mediator an attorney?

Centerpoint mediators are not attorneys, and do not give legal advice.  They will act as a guide through the separation and divorce process, helping you have safe and productive conversations, sharing information, and helping you reach agreements.  If you have legal questions, you will be encouraged to consult with an attorney before and/or during the mediation process, and before signing any written agreements.  There are several mediation friendly attorneys in Clark County who will support you while you mediate.  We will be happy to give you referrals if  you ask.

How does mediation work with the legal divorce process?

Your mediator will explain how the legal divorce process works, and the choices you can make as you mediate.  Usually clients plan together when they will file legal documents such as the petition for divorce or legal separation and the final decree of divorce.  When and how you take these legal steps can have an impact on other decisions you will make. Your mediated agreements will be incorporated into the final divorce documents signed by a judge, so that they are fully legally binding. Your mediator will be your experienced guide every step of the way.

How much does mediation cost?

From start to finish, mediation is much less costly than hiring attorneys and going to court. We operate on a pay as you go system with no retainers.  The cost will vary upon your particular case, but the total cost of a mediated divorce usually costs less than what one of you would pay to one attorney for a first retainer.  You may be able to finish mediation meetings in one to two months.  In most cases, each person pays half of the cost of mediation.

Parenting Plan and Child Support modifications can usually be done in one or two joint meetings.

Please call.  We will be happy to give you an estimate of costs in your case.

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