The right decisions for the future are the best apologies for the wrongs of the past. Mediation allows your problem solving skills to expand and resolve your issues. In mediation, you have a greater opportunity to express to your spouse your concerns and the reasons behind your goals. We praise those who come and make good faith efforts to be creative in the resolution of their differences.
Some divorce settlements are handled like car accident cases. Parties and lawyers come up with numbers and there is an attempt to negotiate the differences. Mediation training and experience gained in mediating hundreds of separations and litigating divorces has proved to me that divorce settlements are driven by emotions that remain bottled up. Unresolved emotions and unspoken accusations can block a reasonable settlement. Steve Hirsch encourages clients to express those emotions and needs so they can be considered in reaching a fair settlement.
At the end of a successful mediation, Steve will prepare a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) setting forth the agreements that have been made. This will be the basis of the document to be filed with the Court at the time of the divorce; since it is not a binding contract, most Judge's will not accept the MOU but will allow a Marital Settlement Agreement to be entered which will be based upon the MOU.
Steven Hirsch began mediating in 1995. When the Rhode Island Family Court has a guiding mediation panel, Steve was chosen to be on the panel. He has successfully mediated complete divorces or just issues concerning child support and alimony or custody and parental access. Steve has also mediated financial disputes, moving to a new location, children's education issues, blended family conflicts and elder care issues.
Steve is willing to mediate using video conferencing, protecting us all through COVID-19 and to make scheduling easier. During the usual mediation session when both parties are together with the mediator, the parties sign a mediation contract and are able to present documents; we now send those documents to you before an official mediation session. IN return, you provide us with documents including but not limited to income tax returns, pay stubs, investment and 401(k) account statements, bank statements, mortgage statements and credit card statements. After the first and following sessions, parties will be sent a bill which can be paid by credit card online.
The mediation fee is usually $250.00 per hour. If due to the Corona-virus one or more of the parties are out of work, we can negotiate a reduced fee.