Attorney Fees and Other Costs

Divorcing Without a Lawyer: Mediation

As a supplement to my first post on Divorcing Without a Lawyer, I wanted to offer another cost saving approach when you do not or cannot pay for a lawyer. A good, qualified family law mediator can help avoid some of the pitfalls of a purely pro se divorce. When I do a divorce mediation, I know all the categories and issues that can come up in a divorce and I present those to the couple. I go through each topic and ask them if they have discussed it and then I know where to start the dialogue. By touching on ...
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Divorcing Without a Lawyer

Many people get divorced without hiring a lawyer. This is perfectly legitimate and it might save a whole lot of money. Those who are likely candidates for going the self-help route are those couples who are in entire agreement on how to divide property and debt and on a parenting plan if they have children. One caveat to this scenario: make sure you know what the value of assets are that you are agreeing upon. It is an all too common occurrence that one spouse has had significantly higher income or significantly better retirement benefits through their work. Retirement accounts ...
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Family Law, Mediation, and so much more

Family law encompasses a wider array of services beyond divorce, legal separation, child custody, timeshare and child support. I provide high quality and affordable family mediation services. Furthermore, I have extensive experience in both domestic and international adoptions and I streamline the process, making it a time to celebrate. On the other end of the spectrum, since 2006 I have represented parents as well as children from neglect and abuse actions all the way termination of parental rights. Family is important to me. Divorce proceedings can be especially painful for everyone involved. While some view it as merely a legal ...
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Affordable Mediation

I apologize for the redundancy, but I realized my last post that addressed the issue of affordable medation was quite long and so some may not have gotten to the important part. So far as I know, I am the only family law mediator in this area who offers income based mediation fees with a highest fee rate that is no higher than the least expensive mediator I know (he also happens to be one of the best!).  I plan to do this for as long as possible. I am doing this to make mediaiton more accessible and because I love ...
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MEDIATION is a COST SAVER

I recently published an article detailing some of the impending budget cuts for the Kentucky courts entitled "Mediaiton is the Future". As the cost of litigating conflicts rise ever higher to society and litigants, mediation offers substantial cost savings in resolving those very same conflicts. Mediation makes the resolution of disputes among individuals, within families, within businesses and organizations, between businesses, and with employees within financial reach. I am doing my part in the cost savings offered by mediating conflicts. It is important to me that even people with tight finances are able to access mediation. Therefore, I offer a sliding ...
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MEDIATION is the FUTURE

The Kentucky court system experienced substantial funding cuts back in 2008. According to Chief Justice Minton, those cuts dramatically reduce the overall budget of the court system by 49% since that time. Despite this, Kentucky courts continued on with minimal staffing. In some counties, court dockets are so backed up that it takes several months for a trial to be set. No wonder judges routine order parties into mediation! The budget from the Kentucky House of Representatives proposes cutting an additional $36.3 million dollars next year and $40.6 million for the year after that. Those are huge cuts that will only ...
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