Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer free consultations to determine if we are a good fit for mediation?admin
Yes. I am happy to connect by telephone or by Zoom videoconference for a consult to discuss whether mediation is the right fit for your situation. In this consultation, I will explain the divorce mediation process and seek to understand more about your dynamics and interactions as a couple. Further, I am willing to discuss the mediation process with each member of the couple at no charge. JGK Mediation will never charge potential clients for a conversation to discuss if mediation is the right choice for them.
Do you handle dissolutions?admin
Through The Law Office of Jessica G. King, LLC, I draft and file paperwork to process the dissolution of your marriage. Sometimes, families have reached agreement on the majority of the terms of their divorce. In that case, I will represent one of the spouses (the other spouse may or may not hire a lawyer) to help negotiate the few remaining issues. I will then prepare and file paperwork to finalize the dissolution - again, while representing only one of the spouses. This approach is very affordable and economical.
Can we knock out the mediation in one day?admin
No. Typically, we split the meetings along the issues. I prefer we meet for 1.5 hour sessions, each one dedicated to one issue (custody, property division, or support). Divorce mediation can be an emotionally taxing process and we all need to be focused and fresh for the discussions.
Do both parties have to be present for mediation?adminMy preference is that both parties attend if they are able. First, this reduces cost to you as it reduces the amount of time overall for the mediation process. Second, by communicating directly and through my facilitation, we will avoid misunderstandings and miscommunications. Both of you will be in the Zoom meeting, hearing what the other person has to say. If joint meetings are not possible, we will still make the mediation process work. This is your process. I will tailor it to your needs.
Is mediation a confidential, private process?admin
Yes. This is one of the primary benefits of mediation over litigation. Your family finances and issues will remain private and not be the subject of public court filings (though some general financial disclosures are required prior in your dissolution paperwork). Everything said in divorce mediation is confidential. For this reason, you can speak freely without worry that it will be used against you in court. There is no public record of what is said or what goes on during our sessions together.
What is the final product of our mediation process?admin
At the conclusion of the mediation process, I will prepare a document memorializing all of the agreements reached during our sessions. Both parties will sign this Mediation Agreement. My goal is for this document to be as specific as possible so there are no gaps or ambiguities.
Upon written, informed consent of all parties, I can then represent one party and prepare and file the legal documents with the court to process the dissolution.
Are you conducting mediations by Zoom?admin
Yes. All mediations are conducted by videoconference. This has actually been a great benefit to my clients as they can participate from the comfort of their home or other space. Technology allows me to share documents, meet separately with either party and be just as efficient as I am for in-person meetings. I am available for in person mediation upon request.
Do I have to hire a lawyer to review the Mediation Agreement?admin
No. But you certainly can consult with a lawyer at any point during our work together.
Do you require a retainer to move forward with your services?admin
Yes. I require a $1500 retainer to begin our work together.
What is the typical cost of mediation?admin
My hourly rate is $350. In a divorce mediation where all issues are at play - custody, division of assets/liabilities, and support - the typical cost is approximately $3500-$4500 for my services. This includes mediating your case, preparing and filing your dissolution paperwork and seeing your case through the final hearing. Please note, this is only an estimate. Many factors, including the complexity of the issues and the participation of the clients, influence how much time is required to work through the issues. My promise to you is that I will be extremely efficient in our work together and there will be no surprise costs.