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If your marriage is ending, learn how mediation vs. litigation may be a better option.

Mediation is a structured, interactive process and another way to resolve conflict through the use of specialized communication and negotiation techniques. All participants in mediation are encouraged to actively participate in the process.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Mediation allows individuals to retain control over the process and the outcome of important decisions in their lives that will profoundly affect their finances, livelihood and family. In the mediation process a solution can usually be found within weeks instead of the months or years it may take in a traditional court process. Mediation is for any person who wants to solve their problems in less time and more cost effectively than using the court system.

The mediator will assist the parties in arriving at a mutually beneficial agreement that meets their immediate and long-term goals. The mediator does not make decisions for the parties and is not an advocate for either party over the other. The mediator will not decide who is right or wrong. With the mediator’s help the parties will determine what issues are important to each of them and come up with reasonable solutions to meet their goals.

The length of the mediation depends on the parties. A simple matter can be resolved in one or two sessions. A more complex matter may take longer. Each session is usually 1 ½ to 2 hours, but can last longer. The sessions are usually scheduled at the convenience of the parties.

Litigation should be chosen as a last resort. If your spouse has already filed for divorce, if communication between you an your spouse has become strained, or if either of you refuse to mediate, litigation may be your best option.

Usually each party in a civil dispute has an attorney either present during the mediation or available for consultation during the entire mediation process. Often disputing parties will enter into mediation after a summons and complaint have already been filed with the court.

The total cost of the mediation varies depending on the amount of hours spent on the process, however mediation is always less expensive than litigation. Our popular pay-as-you-go model allows you to skip expensive attorney retainers and pay only as you need to. To learn more about our pay-as-you-go model and the forms of payment we accept.

No, retainers are not necessary for mediation. Our popular pay-as-you-go model allows you to pay for mediation by the session.

Typically, our mediators are able to assist most parties in reaching an agreement. However, if for some reason an agreement is not reached the parties are free to move forward with the traditional litigation process. However, the mediation agreement states that all information exchanged in the mediation process is confidential and cannot be used for litigation purposes.

Yes, all information both financial and personal is kept confidential and is not disclosed by the mediator and cannot be used in any future litigation.

Yes. You can schedule a call with me at a mutually convenient time.

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Meet Dina De Giorgio

“For 27 years, I have practiced as an attorney and mediator in my own boutique law practice specializing exclusively in Divorce, Family Law and Mediation. I focus on clients’ objectives and critical issues, unravel complicated finances and entanglements, and problem-solve to reach beneficial resolutions.

My clients choose me to be their ally to navigate complicated divorce matters—because of my deep experience and commitment to understand their goals and to avoid protracted and unnecessary litigation.”

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