The 7 Steps of One Day Divorce Mediation
The Oregon Divorce Overview process is designed to be fair and transparent.
Our primary goal is to save clients time and money and to resolve their differences quickly: our clients reach resolution on all relevant matters to their divorce—either through agreement or through the mediator’s binding decision— in one day. This is Mediation Binding Arbitration. Whereas most divorces in Oregon take nine months to a year or longer, with our Oregon divorce attorney process your divorce can be completed in as little as three months thanks to our innovative approach.
Our One Day Divorce Mediation approach assumes both parties know the assets and liabilities of their marriage. Where there is a dispute, we have a process to resolve specific differences. We do not add extra burdens to a couple by requiring unnecessary paperwork to verify information you both already know.
There are safeguards built into One Day Divorce Mediation to ensure that both parties are fully transparent about income, assets, and debt.
One Day Divorce Mediation: The first three stages (information gathering)
Our Oregon divorce attorneys use online interviews to gather information, which means, we can assist you anywhere in Oregon.
The first three stages (of seven) revolve around gathering information from the divorcing couple. The second three stages revolve around preparing for the mediation, the mediation, and then preparing and signing the court documents One Day Divorce prepares.
- On Boarding – The Stage 1
Our Oregon divorce lawyer conducts an online interview and asks for background information on on each spouse, employment and income, the marriage, and if appropriate, the children.
Our Oregon divorce attorney will then reviews the legal issues each spouse wishes to resolve. Each spouse will know exactly what issues will be raised at the Mediation Binding Arbitration. There are no surprises.
A second interview requires each spouse to disclose all assets and liabilities to one another.
The next stages involve a pre-mediation conference and binding arbitration
- Pre-Mediation Conference – Stage 4
At this stage, our Oregon divorce lawyer prepares for the Mediation Binding Arbitration with the mediator. The mediator will prepare a list of the legal issues raised by each spouse and disclose all of the assets and liabilities of the marriage to both parties. This helps identify where the parties are in agreement.
- Mediation Binding Arbitration (“MBA”) – Stage 5
When hiring One Day Divorce, the parties select the Mediation Binding Arbitration date ahead of time. The MBA will take place within two to three months, not years, after hiring One Day Divorce.
The final two stages
At stage six, the mediator will prepare all of the divorce documents for the judge’s review and signature. These are usually prepared within a day or two. These are forwarded to each spouse for review and signatures (via eSignature). Both parties have 7 days to sign. Once the documents are signed, One Day Divorce pays the court filing fee and files the documents with the court.
Once One Day Divorce receives notice from the court that the documents are signed, we notify the parties that they are divorced and follow up with a comprehensive post-divorce plan to get your life back on track. The entire divorce process, including preparation time, will take two to three months.
Why shouldn’t I represent myself in an Oregon divorce?
It is common for self-represented litigants to become disillusioned and disheartened quickly after finding a wealth of information on the Internet.
There are, however, often a number of websites with inconsistencies or conflicting information. In addition, self-representers often find it difficult to determine which sources are legitimate or which laws are current. Furthermore, many resources are difficult to read and use jargon or unclear legal terms, complicating what you are trying to accomplish.
It can be daunting and exhausting to navigate the legal process on your own. Many self-represented individuals begin with a sense of optimism, but that optimism disappears as soon as they encounter the reality of the legal system. In addition to difficulties filling out application forms, difficult confrontations with their ex, disputes arising from a previous marriage or in regard to assets, or a difficult time understanding the service process are some challenges that can, and probably will arise.
The right Oregon divorce attorney will be with you every step of the way, and they’ll be able to tell you exactly what questions to ask to paint a complete picture, how to anticipate unforeseen circumstances, and what to do to keep everyone on track.
Divorce is already a difficult and emotional experience. Don’t try to handle the legal process on your own. Contact One Day Divorce and Mediation for a confidential consultation with an experienced family lawyer.