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There is always the option of mediating your own divorce or modification/contempt issue without involving attorneys. Typically, this is done with the hopes of saving money and perhaps even in an effort to avoid additional conflict and emotional turmoil.

At Flink Family Law Mediation and Arbitration, we will take the time to listen, answer questions regarding your unique situation and help you come to a resolution in an equitable, efficient and cost-effective manner. If we feel that you would benefit from the legal advice of an attorney, we can help match you with one who meets your needs and budget. Keep in mind that although not a requirement, attorneys can be instrumental in helping you achieve a good result in an otherwise bad set of circumstances and, used wisely, can be worth every penny. They can also help streamline the filing of the court action where required.

Ready to get started on a path towards the next chapter of your life? Check out our five- step process below.

Step 1. Give us a Shout.

Just you? If your spouse or ex is not yet open to the idea of divorce or modification, we can answer all your questions about it and provide suggestions for getting him or her on board. We will consult with you on the best method for reaching out to the other party and establishing a cooperative relationship where everyone works towards resolution together. Sometimes, we will make the initial connection directly. Other times, you might be more comfortable introducing the concept to him or her yourself after we discuss the mediation process with you.

Both of you. If both parties contact us and are ready to move forward, we can skip to Step 2.

Step 2. Mediation Next Steps:

Once both parties are on board to begin, a Mediation Next Steps email is sent to each of you. This explains how we operate as a mediation firm and seeks to gather the personal and financial information that will be considered during the mediation process. There are several attachments included in this email, some of which remain confidential between each party and the mediator. One of the most important aspects of mediation is that each side has an opportunity to voice concerns not only collectively, but individually as well. After this step is completed and the parties have provided the "go- ahead," we enter the formal mediation process.

A note about the forms. There are two forms that are concise and required, which are the Mediation Guidelines and the Confidential Mediation Statement (completed individually). The others can wait until the mediation session if you wish.

Step 3: Introductory Session with Your Mediator.

Unless otherwise determined, the mediator will initially meet with you and the other party for a session usually lasting two hours or less. The purpose of this meeting is to gather additional information, explain to both of you more specifically about every component needed to assist you, answer any questions you have and provide a road map to begin the process of settlement.

While not mandatory, our experience has taught us that this introductory session is much more efficient and cost effective than meeting "cold" and spending multiple lengthy sessions to complete mediation. We have found that after this first meeting, parties often work many of the issues out on their own, saving themselves considerable expense before reconvening for a more formal mediation session.

Step 4: The Mediation Session.

We will be ready when you are ready to schedule your mediation session. Conducted by our seasoned mediators and practicing family law attorneys, Erica Arena-Camarillo and Lauren Smith, these sessions are handled with professionalism and fairness. Mediations with either Erica or Lauren are easily scheduled via our online portal at www.andyflink.com

Step 5. Drafting and Completing the Process.

Once you and the other party have met with your mediator, covered all the necessary components, and reached an agreement in principle, the drafting phase begins. Our goal is to provide the agreement documents you will need to present to the court (legal forms such as Pleadings cannot be prepared by a mediator). Every so often, this can be completed in one session. Other times, multiple sessions might be required. This is when getting advice from an attorney can be helpful. Keep in mind, however, that an attorney can only represent one party and not both.

Finally... Some Final Notes

The mediation process allows parties to make decisions for themselves, reach an agreement and control the outcome. This is a different model than court, where the judge retains all the control and imposes the decision on you.

We do not require or guarantee that parties will reach an agreement (although in most cases they do). In the event of an impasse, neither party is bound to a set of terms they are not comfortable with. It is important to remember, however, that if an agreement is reached, drafted and subsequently signed, it is binding and enforceable.

We know this information cannot possibly answer all your questions, so feel free to reach out to us at any time. We are here to help, educate and assist as you move towards your new beginning.

Lastly, if either of the parties have questions or concerns at any time during the process, Andy Flink is happy to assist. Unless he is asked to do a substantive project in place of, or in addition to one of our associate mediators, he will provide this service to you at no charge. It is important to our model that he remains in the process from start to finish.

Andy, Erica and Lauren.

Rate and Contact Information:

Andy Flink - $325.00 per hour

Erica Arena-Camarillo - $225.00 per hour

Lauren Smith - $250.00 per hour

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