Divorce Services

If you’re looking for support in navigating separation or divorce, mediation may help. Through our mediation process, you and your spouse can confidentially explore practicalities and make decisions.

Ultimately, we believe that you know what’s best for you. Our mediators will facilitate the conversation, but any and all outcomes will be led by you and your spouse.

How does mediation work?

Mediation brings you and your spouse together for a face-to-face conversation to identify challenges and possible solutions. Two impartial mediators will support these conversations to empower your decision-making.

At MCDC, we practice transformative mediation, an approach that prioritizes your voice and ability to make choices.

What should I expect?

Each process is unique. If at any point you decide mediation isn’t for you, there will be no pressure to continue.

Likewise, if we review your case and determine it’s not a fit, we’ll let you know and provide other resources.

While every timeline will be different, this overview should provide a sense of what you can reasonably expect.

Getting Started

You complete our quiz

  • Our quick, confidential quiz will help us serve you
  • You’ll share convenient times to talk

MCDC Calls You

  • We’ll review your intake
  • We’ll discuss the process and answer your questions
  • If you’d like, we’ll email you afterward with next steps

You share information with your spouse

  • To respect the confidentiality of all parties, you will share MCDC contact information with your spouse

Your spouse calls MCDC

  • We will not discuss your call or information with them
  • We will not pass messages between you two
  • We will provide information and answer any questions they have

Consultation and Consideration

MCDC Will Consult Each of You, Separately

  • Each of you will have the chance to speak with us confidentially
  • This requires you both have time, space, and privacy to speak
  • Each of you will decide if you want to pursue mediation

MCDC will review your case

  • If we decide to move forward, we’ll reach out to both of you
  • If both of you wish to move forward, we’ll schedule mediation
  • If we decide not to move forward, we will notify you
  • For confidentiality reasons, we cannot notify you the reasons your case was not accepted

Addressing Conflict

Everyone Comes to the Table

  • Two of our rigorously trained, impartial mediators will facilitate – ensuring both of you speak and are heard
  • You’ll want to bring information about shared assets; like bank and mortgage statements, tax returns, insurance policies, etc.
  • On average, 2 – 5 sessions will be needed (every situation is of course unique)

Working Together, You’ll Decide

  • Our mediators will support the conversation, but ultimately the decisions are yours
  • All agreements will be determined by you and your spouse

Outlining Agreements (When Possible)

Mediator Documents Your Decisions

  • The mediator will draft a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), or, outline of your agreement
  • You’ll have the chance to review and finalize the agreement
  • You can bring the agreement to your attorney, who will then file it in court

What should I budget?

Since every situation is different we can’t guarantee a set cost up-front. That said, our costs are, on average, lower than other methods for divorce.

To give you a sense, here’s a breakdown:

  • The quiz and initial calls are free
  • Individual consultations are $60 each (due before the consult)
  • Mediation sessions are prorated at the hourly rate of $200 (due after each mediation session is complete)
  • Drafting, reviewing, and finalizing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement is $600

We recommend you identify a lawyer to support you through the process and finalize the legal document we’ll create together. Their costs can vary.