What to expect while working with DMG
DMG 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.