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Stephen E. Mitchell
1020 E. Lafayette Street Suite. 115
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
P: (850) 386-3336
F: (850) 430-9633
E: steve@mitchellmediations.com

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GETTING A DIVORCE? – DON’T MAKE A $20,000 MISTAKE!

Written by Stephen E. Mitchell - Certified Civil & Family Mediator
Friday, 17 February 2012 16:53

A divorce from your spouse has become a reality – either because you want one or your spouse does. The first reaction is to hire a lawyer to represent you in the divorce. Don’t make a $20,000 mistake! This action can set off a chain reaction that can wind up costing tens of thousands of dollars, creates turmoil and dissention within the family, can emotionally scar your children for life, and results in some third party (the judge) ultimately telling you and your spouse how everything about your family is going to be handled. The average cost of a divorce across the United States is between $15,000.00 and $30,000.00. What is it that costs so much? It's usually the legal fees that each side pays to their attorneys.  The typical up-front retainer for a divorce attorney in Tallahassee is $2,000-$3,000. Hourly rates for divorce attorneys can be hundreds of dollars per hour and both parties usually have an attorney. Is there a better, cheaper, and faster way?

Read more: GETTING A DIVORCE? – DON’T MAKE A $20,000 MISTAKE!

 

WHAT IS DIVORCE BY MEDIATION?

Written by Stephen E. Mitchell - Certified Civil & Family Mediator
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 15:32

Who knows more about your family, its finances, and resources - you and your spouse or a judge who meets you for the first time at the divorce hearing? The decision has been made to get a divorce. There are a lot of issues to be decided, such as:

  • How will the property, money, and other assets be divided?
  • How will the debts be allocated?
  • Where will the children be living?
  • What about visitation with the children?
  • What about child support and alimony?

Do you want to make those decisions or let the judge decide after months (or even years) of costly litigation with lawyers?

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