What to expect while working with DMG

what to expectDMG starts where you are. From the beginning of the divorce process, we help couples determine the petitioner, file the divorce petition, serve the respondent in the privacy of our office, and work through all issues attendant to divorce.

Some couples who come to us have already filed the petition. They find that they need more legal and financial information so that they can make the best possible decisions. Or, couples may have started the process with separate attorneys but would like to avoid the financial and emotional costs of litigation. These couples can elect to put their attorneys on hold while they mediate their divorce issues or continue to consult with them during the mediation process. Other couples are able to work almost everything out but find themselves stuck on a particular issue and need help resolving that last item. Regardless of where a couple is in the process, DMG can help them move forward.

A private process, mediating couples do not need to appear in court. As neutral mediators, we help couples develop options, evaluate alternatives, and reach mutually agreed-upon decisions.

We work in two-hour time blocks. Both mediators are present during all sessions. Initially, the couple meets for a two-hour session that begins the process. Usually, in the second session, each party meets individually with both mediators in what is called a “caucus.” In this way, the mediation team can clarify individual needs and concerns. Subsequently, most sessions will consist of both parties with both mediators, with an occasional caucus as needed.

Use Mediation to...
  • Save time and money
  • Maintain privacy
  • Eliminate court appearances
  • Reduce stress
  • Reach decisions by mutual consent
  • Obtain legally binding agreements
  • All negotiations occur within the privacy of the mediators' office.
  • Nothing discussed in mediation is available to the public or admissible in court.
  • Couples mediating their divorce do not need to appear in court.
  • Cost-Effective
  • Avoid time-consuming court proceedings and delays as well as the high cost of litigation.
  • Accelerate the divorce process by working together.
  • Two trained professionals, one with legal and financial expertise, the other with communication and conflict-management expertise, ensure fair and thorough discussion of issues.
  • Neutral mediators create a trusting communication climate conducive to effective problem solving.
  • Open and free exchange of information enables couples to negotiate in confidence and in private.

Divorce Mediation Group
P.O. Box 1145 San Mateo, CA 94403-0745
Offices in San Mateo and Sunnyvale