Divorce Mediation Package
Divorce mediation is a settlement process where couples utilize an independent, neutral person (called a mediator) to aid them in negotiating the terms of their divorce and drafting a final agreement.
Divorce mediation is done out-of-court, keeping your information private and confidential.
Through mediation, YOU decide your future, not the Court. We believe that choosing to mediate (and not litigate) saves families many thousands of dollars, preserves long-lasting family relationships, and protects children from the animosity that’s inherent in the adversarial nature of a litigated divorce.
What sets Conscious Divorce apart from other mediation services?
Conscious Divorce founder, Michael Cotugno, Esq. is both an attorney and mediator with over 20 years of experience in family law. Michael also holds a Masters Degree in Spiritual Psychology, allowing him to bring a grounded, yet compassionate approach in his role as mediator.
The primary advantage of using an attorney (particularly an experienced family law attorney) is that they are qualified to explain how family law works in California and provide reference points for settlement purposes. Non-attorney mediators are prohibited from explaining how the law would apply to your situation.
A mediator, whether an attorney or not, does not provide legal advice to either party and does not strategize with one side against the other. A mediator helps to facilitate an agreement between the parties.
And unlike traditional law offices which require large retainers and bill by the hour, Conscious Divorce stands apart with transparent Flat Fee pricing. With us, you'll know the costs up front, saving you the anxiety of unknown and open-ended legal expenses.
What family law issues can be handled through divorce mediation?
Mediation offers couples the opportunity to discuss and negotiate all relevant family law issues privately and out-of-court including:
- Child Custody and Co-Parenting Plans
- Child Support
- Spousal Support (Alimony)
- Division of Marital Assets and Liabilities
- Expert Fees and Court Cost Allocation
- Any other issues deemed important and relevant
What is included in the Divorce Mediation Package?
This comprehensive flat-fee package includes one 2-hour mediation session, all phone/email support, prep work, and drafting of all Court required documents. This includes preparation of the financial disclosure documents and drafting of the final settlement agreement and one revision. We also manage all Court filings, service, and correspondence.
This approach ensures that you are receiving the professional assistance you need to reach an equitable agreement and finalize your divorce while staying out of Court.
- All your questions answers regarding the process.
- Straightforward questionnaires to assist you in gathering information.
- All phone and email support.
- One 2-hour mediation session with Michael Cotugno, in person or via video chat.
- Preparation and drafting of all initial pleading documents.
- Preparation and drafting of all mandatory financial disclosure documents.
- Preparation and drafting of the final agreement and attachments.
- Up to 1 revision of the final agreement.
- We handle all Court filing and service of documents.
- We receive and manage all Court correspondence.
How much is the Flat Fee?
Conscious Divorce offers this Flat Fee Divorce Mediation package for a reasonable flat-fee of $2,800.
On average, a traditional divorce litigated with attorneys in the court system costs $40,000 per spouse! Compared to the average mediation, which ranges between $4,000-$7,000 per couple, our Flat Fee Divorce Package is a great value.
*Our flat fees do not include Court filing fees, which are to be paid directly to the Court. As of 8/1/2018, Court filing fees for divorce in California are $435.
How do we get started?
Contact us to schedule a free introductory phone call with attorney/mediator Michael Cotugno to discuss your situation and to see our services are a good fit for you.
You can do the call together, as a conference call, or each speak with Michael individually. It's your preference.
If after the initial call, you would like to meet in person, we can schedule an 1 hour consultation at our office for $90. If you decide to move forward with any of our services, the $90 consultation fee will be credited towards your account.
Once you decide you'd like to move forward, we send you a fee agreement and payment link. After those are submitted, we send you a series of questionnaires that assist us in collecting information needed to draft the initial paperwork and prepare for the mediation session.
What are the initial steps in the process?
To start, Michael answers all preliminary questions and concerns while further explaining the legal process as it relates to your unique situation. Our goal is clear and comprehensive communication throughout the process. All phone calls and emails are included in the flat fee so you don't have to worry about incurring additional charges for your conversations.
Each spouse is given several questionnaires to complete. The information is used to assess the situation, draft initial paperwork and to start the settlement discussion. We provide additional guidance as needed if any questions come up while the information is being collected.
Once all of the needed documents are gathered, the 2 hour mediation session is scheduled at our office in San Diego.
What happens during the 2 hour mediation session?
When all parties are ready, both spouses meet with the mediator, Michael Cotugno, at the same time. This is done in person at our San Diego office. If preferred, another location may be arranged or the session can be done online via video conference.
During the session, Michael helps to balance the power between the participants and creates a safe, supportive environment for both parties to fully express their perspectives and interests.
He facilitates the couple through difficult conversations with the goal of helping them reach mutual agreement on all aspects of their divorce.
This includes guiding the participants through the identification of all relevant issues and all of their mandatory financial disclosure requirements.
Using his knowledge of the law, Michael also instructs participants on the fundamentals of the relevant legal issues, and provides creative options and settlement strategies.
How is the final agreement drafted?
Most agreements can be reached in just one mediation session. Any additional finalizing details are handled via email, phone and mail, saving everyone time, money and stress.
The flat fee divorce mediation includes 1 significant revision of clarified or even renegotiated terms.
If additional revisions are needed beyond what is included, an additional fee may be applied towards the total time spent on additional revisions or renegotiated terms.