Cape Cod Divorce & Mediation, P.C.
Law Office of Chantal Hayes Rice, Esq.
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The Mediation Process

Every couple's situation is different so the mediator will speak to the parties to determine their specific needs. Sessions will address the equitable division of the marital assets, child custody, alimony and child support and other issues. Some couples are able to determine all issues in one session while others will need two or more sessions.  At Cape Cod Divorce Mediation, P.C. our mediators work hard to help the parties structure a settlement to help to preserve the family unit and minimize the possibility for future legal action. 

Some parties will be able to complete a mediation in 1-3 sessions while other parties will need more than 3 sessions.  The amount of time depends largely on the communication between the couple and the complexity of the issues.

When all of the issues have been agreed upon by the parties, the mediator will prepare a separation agreement, joint petition for divorce and other supporting documents.  The couple will have the opportunity to review the separation agreement with private legal counsel before signing, if they so choose. Otherwise, the agreement can be signed during the final mediation appointment.  At the final session, the mediator will prepare the parties for attending the final hearing so they feel comfortable about going to court.

When all documents are signed, the parties will file the divorce package with the court and a final divorce hearing will be scheduled within 3 to 4 weeks.   The divorce is final 90 days following the issuance of the divorce decree.  


At Cape Cod DIVORCE & MEDIATION, P.C., parties have the option of a free 1/2 hour consultation to answer questions and determine if mediation is appropriate for them.  During the initial consultation, the mediator will give a brief overview of the mediation process, explain the role of the mediator and answer any questions that the parties may have about the mediation process.
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