WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE TO MEDIATE MY DIVORCE?
YOU CONTROL HOW MUCH YOU SPEND TO SETTLE YOUR DIVORCE, NOT THE LAWYERS, OR THE COURTS:
As a Divorce Attorney in NY, NJ, & PA and a Trained Professional Mediator in New York, New Jersey, and Eastern Pennsylvania, Patricia A. Ames, Esq. has represented many clients in divorce, and has spoken to many others about their divorce process.
One common theme for many of those who have gone through divorce, is the crippling cost, the seemingly unscrupulous billing practices of the divorce lawyers on either side, and their frustration with the lengthy process.
While Ames Law Group sets an hourly rate for couples who are planning for divorce, how much you spend depends on you because only you have control over the number of sessions you need to settle the issues in your divorce.
Divorce & Family Mediation gives you the flexibility and freedom to decide issues in a divorce between the divorcing couple, and not according to lawyers, or judges - the way that it ideally should be.
What's more, is that research suggests that couples who have had even one mediation session during the divorce process, have a lesser chance of dragging each other back and forth to court, long after the divorce is finalized (which happens far more than any of us would like to think).
It is because of the lower cost, the amicable (rather than adversarial) process, and the ability to decide matters for yourself, that Ames Law Group strongly, and unequivocally recommends mediating your divorce whenever possible.
IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN, IT IS LIKELY IN THEIR BEST INTERESTS FOR YOU TO MEDIATE YOUR DIVORCE, AS OPPOSED TO ENGAGING IN A DRAWN-OUT LEGAL BATTLE:
Children know and understand more than you think, and much more than adults give them credit for.
As a former Attorney for children who were involved in Child Abuse & Neglect Cases, Patricia A. Ames, Esq. is well aware of how much children actually see, hear, and understand - no matter how much parents try to hide things from them.
Acrimony in a traditional divorce through the courts is fraught with strife - in fact, it is almost guaranteed to become that way, as competition sets in to see who can serve the most interrogatories, or win the most motions.
Children see and hear, and most importantly, feel the acrimony, and bad feelings and tension between parents. And many agonize over the uncertain future of not having both parents in the home, in addition to sensing these feelings.
Mediation not only gives divorcing couples the opportunity to decide what happens to their money and property upon divorce - but also, how they will decide parenting time and custody.
Mediation also develops in parents a very valuable skill for resolving issues between themselves, without going to court.
Ames Law Group will help you not only decide issues while you are going through a divorce; but is also available to help after the divorce has been finalized, and issues with custody, child support, or parenting time come up - as they surely will for many.