Our ProcessDivorce mediation
A TruNorth Mediation is Structured, Effective, and Completed in as Few as Six Weeks
1. Initial Joint Meeting
We conduct an initial meeting with you both where we can learn about your situation, answer any questions you may have.
2. Individual Meetings
We meet with you individually to understand your priorities, needs, and concerns.
3. DATA Gathering
Your turn. We’ll give you a list of documents and information we’ll need to analyze your situation.
4. Analysis & Alternatives
We’ll apply our expert analysis to generate the best outcomes for you and your spouse, taking into consideration your objectives, the guidelines provided by the law, financial optimizations, and a good dose of creativity.
5. Meeting & Negotiation
A joint session to review analysis, alternatives, and discuss the feasibility of each. If necessary, we’ll continue meeting until a satisfactory conclusion.
If your situation dictates a parenting plan, we’ll handle that here, as well.
6. preparation of legal documents and filings
Once we have agreed solutions, we create the Memorandum of Understanding and pass it to our legal partners to create the Agreements and handle the filings.
What is a CDFA®?
A CDFA® is one who specializes in the financial issues surrounding divorce. The role of the Certified Divorce Financial Analyst may include acting as an advisor to one party’s divorce lawyer or as a mediator for both parties. A CDFA® uses knowledge of tax law, asset distribution, and short- and long-term financial planning to achieve an equitable settlement that optimizes outcomes for his or her client(s).
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Mediation is the logical choice When You Want TO…
Gain Control and Have Choices
Your divorce is your own and you should have say in how it’s resolved. While litigation leaves decisions up to the courts, mediation is a guided and informed process that allows you to maintain control and have choices over settlement issues.
Divorce is by its very nature divisive. Lawyers and courts often make it more so. In mediation we work to understand each party’s needs and how they can be best met without tearing each other down. Children, too, fair much better when a divorce is civil and quickly resolved.
Shorten the Process
A divorce battled in the courts can take many months, even years. Our structured mediation process can be achieved in as little as four weeks, allowing you to move on and build a new life rather than being at the mercy of court schedules, delays, and continuances.
Protect Case Details
Court proceedings are public record. Mediation maintains the privacy of the parties as everything but the final decree is kept outside the courtroom.
Litigation is expensive and can sum to tens of thousands and more. The collaborative divorce process requires the use of 5+ professionals throughout, resulting in a hefty sum. Going pro se (i.e., a DYI divorce) can result in costly mistakes. Mediation is often the lower cost alternative while also providing substantial relative benefits over other processes.
Shelter Your Kids
It may be that no one suffers more in divorce than children. One of the three biggest factors that impact children’s well-being during and after their parents’ divorce is the degree and duration of hostile conflict. mediation mitigates both.
Mediation is smart whether high or low conflict, substantial or few assets, kids or no kids. f you and your spouse are both willing to attend and participate in mediation sessions and engage in good-faith negotiation, mediation is the smartest choice.
The Numbers Don’t Lie
A TruNorth Mediation isn’t the same as most mediations. We bring financial, practical, and emotional coaching expertise to each mediation to create optimal agreements, utilizing sophisticated financial analysis tools and creative problem-solving. And while our mediators are not lawyers, they are well-versed in divorce and family law and your legal papers will be prepared by a legal professional to be filed with the court.
TRUNORTH MEDIATION clients who were "extremely"` or "VERY SATISFIED" past 12 months
Our work with TruNorth Mediation was smooth and quick. Our finances were rather complicated–a pension, restricted stock units, education accounts, child support, alimony, and a mortgage agreement–and we were pleased with the accuracy, thoroughness and creativity that came from their analyses and settlement options.
We couldn’t have gotten through the process without Berni’s knowledgeable and patient guidance. It was a real pleasure working with her and she really knows her stuff!
Berni was so supportive throughout the process. Our divorce and mediation were tangled by a good deal of turmoil and emotional distress, but Berni kept us focused, hopeful, and moving forward until we could come to agreements about our finances and the kids. You won’t be disappointed with TruNorth Mediation!
BERNI STEVENS, PHD, CDFA, CDC
FOUNDER AND CHIEF MEDIATOR
I am fortunate to have found work that makes me feel good about what I’ve accomplished at the end of the day. You might not think that divorce mediation and advising would meet bring that kind of satisfaction, but for me it’s a perfect fit.
Nothing had a greater impact on me than my parents’ divorce. It went very badly in all respects and scarred my mother for the rest of her life. As the oldest child of four, it weighed heavily on me, as well.
In the decades since, I’ve watched horror story after horror story as couples have torn themselves and their children apart, allowing the court system and lawyers to run the divorce process. Lawyers are the only ones who benefit so why don’t things change?
While the legal system remains archaic, concerned individuals have slowly been building a healthier ecosystem of divorce support. Mediation has grown steadily as a less divisive and more effective divorce process. Collaborative divorce, too, has become a viable alternative for certain types of cases. Divorce coaches are helping many work through difficult decisions and challenges. Even real estate agents, financial advisors, and mortgage lenders are specializing in helping divorcing individuals with their unique needs. I’m proud to be a part of this movement and will continue to support groups like Philadelphia’s Make Divorce Healthier.
A divorce is as unique as the two people involved and while I bring a structured process to mediation, I respect and meet the individual challenges and concerns that each brings. I am honored by the trust put in me to help couples navigate through a most stressful and difficult time and by helping you it helps me, little by little, undo the wrong that was inflicted on me so many years ago.
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