Welcome to 2 Step Divorces, a divorce mediation firm in Georgia. We help individuals and families navigate the process of divorce in two ways: providing information and specialized mediation services.
If you are looking for information and options about separation and divorce, "Crash Course Divorce" is your first step. Unsure what the legal process is? Worried about financial security? What about the kids? This course is specifically designed to explain the legal process in plan English and also provides key resources and forms.
Crash Course Divorce can be taken in a private appointment, online, or in a class. We recommend that amicable spouses take Crash Course Divorce together in a private appointment before determining whether divorce mediation is a match for their situation. Our next regular class session is from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. on July 12, 2017 at the North Atlanta office. Click below to register for Crash Course Divorce!
Divorce education reduces stress. Just like you wouldn't buy a car without a little research, you shouldn't go blindly into the divorce process either. We also provide free videos on common legal topics (including how to hire and use lawyers).
We have found that spouses who take "Crash Course Divorce" together in a private appointment and then schedule their first mediation appointment about 2 weeks later typically have the highest success rate in achieving an "uncontested divorce" court filing. (After all, the "2 Steps" are reaching an agreement and then filing it with the court for approval.) Why?
What is Mediation?
A divorce mediation appointment is a dedicated time to discuss and negotiate how you will separate and divorce with the help of a mediator. With or without attorneys, you and your spouse meet with a divorce mediator who helps you both sort through the legal issues the courts will expect you to resolve, as well as to address any "non-legal issues" you both would like to address, too. Sometimes having a specific timeline for things to occur will be helpful (e.g., when will that bank account be closed, the basement furniture be moved out, etc.), but these logistics may not be true "legal issues" that a judge will (will want) to deal with.
Your mediator helps you both come up with options and ideas to come up with a plan and an agreement that may work for you both. The mediator also can draft up the terms of your agreement and email them to you after your appointment. This allows you both time to consider matters, ask questions, and make edits. It also provides time to consult any needed professionals - attorneys, child psychologists, CPA's, CDFA's, etc. - before you "sign anything."
Once signed, the documents (which can range from 10-40 pages) can be filed with the court to file an "uncontested divorce" or to settle a pending case with the court.
Sound interesting, but still not quite sure about how divorce mediation works? Click here and also review the "New Way, Old Way" article.
2 Step Divorces provides divorce mediation services in North Atlanta and Peachtree City. Our professional and experienced mediators help Georgia families navigate the common pitfalls of separation and co-parenting. This often includes facilitated discussions and resolution on common topics, such as:
Where agreements are reached at a mediation appointment, the mediator will draft a written document for the parties (who may or may not have legal counsel present) to review and revise before signing.
Common Questions about divorce mediation are answered here. For individuals who don't have legal counsel at a mediation appointment, we always invite them to have the draft reviewed by a legal and/or financial professional.
Mediation, unlike court, allows the parties to control how fast or slow the process goes. Customizing the time-line, for example, can be important when large assets are sold, valued, and interests "bought out." The mediation process allows parties to work on solutions at a pace that makes sense - allowing for taking breaks to gather more information and more. Convenience, control and confidence are some common reasons that people like and choose divorce mediation.
Not every family can take advantage of divorce mediation, but where the goal is to divorce as amicably as possible, it gives families the option to work out a customized solution, remain in control, avoid unnecessary expenses, and minimize harms to ongoing relationships (particularly where there are children involved).
Our 2 Step Divorce Process is family-centric and designed to foster greater control, reduce uncertainty, and address more than just the legal issues of parting ways. Hard-earned assets and the well-being of children should not be compromised. Planning for how you detangle your lives is also important and helps reduce uncertainty and stress. Is divorce mediation right for you?
Whether we are a match for your needs or not, please take time to review our short, informational videos and attend an upcoming Crash Course Divorce. Information is critical when you are contemplating or facing divorce, so start now and start here.
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