Gay and lesbian mediation, same-sex mediation, and LGBT mediation are specialized forms of mediation designed specifically to meet the needs of all the diverse communities within our culture.
Today's world of relationships is evolving constantly and becoming more inclusive, meeting the needs of all of the people in our society and the world.
Some states allow gay marriage and other states allow civil unions. They are coming to understand that all people deserve basic human rights and assistance in areas of relationship and marital mediation that bring to light a whole different set of facts, circumstances, and legal implications that did not exist even a few short years ago.
For some, the most obvious example is that, before gay marriage, gay and lesbian divorce and gay and lesbian partner or marital mediation did not exist. For others, this type of mediation runs more deeply and involves who we are as a society and how we help all people interact, communicate and solve problems together.
Either way, most people can recognize that, regardless of whether they are officially recognized or sanctioned by the government, these relationships have existed forever. Gay mediation opened up new resources for all members of our society.
ALTERNATIVE LAW's mediation programs allow you to participate actively in all of these crucial decisions that impact the lives of you and your family.
- Divorce Agreements
- Separation Agreements
- Partner Agreements
- Cohabitation Agreements
- Post Divorce Issues
- Pre-Marital Agreements
- Reconciliation Issues
- Parenting Plans
- Custody Plans
- Visitation Plans
- Alimony/Child Support
- Paternity Actions
- Adoption Agreements
- Parent-Child Disputes
- Restraining Orders
- Education Plans
- Housing Disputes
- Relatives Disputes
- Financial Statements
- Bank Accounts
- Investment Accounts
- State And Federal Taxes
- Social Security
- Wills and Trusts
- Probate and Estates
We recognize that all people, both men and women, can have different skills in this area. Proper information, disclosure, options, and understanding by all parties are key elements necessary in planning for a well-considered separation or divorce that will be legitimate, legal, and stand up to the test of time.
While divorce can be accomplished in a systematic fashion, we believe that both parties should have time to assess properly the mediation process, understand it, and carefully explain their individual situations.
Divorce is a difficult and stressful time for everyone. Please carefully review your options with one of our mediators. While mediation works for the vast majority of families, we understand that there are always some exceptions. For this reason, for the first 1 hour session, there will no charge and no further obligation
What may be important in our divorce processes?
In our divorce process, for partners, there are many components necessary to insure that a divorce will reduce expenses, be complete, and will hold up over time. In order to accomplish successfully these goals, we will help you to outline your needs and define your priorities. Together, we devise a plan sensitive to your unique family circumstances and one that both of you find fair and acceptable. Your specific plan is confidential, and we will answer all of your questions to the best of our ability.
We have also included answers to some general questions about our services such as:
How much time does it take?
Each dispute and case is unique in its own way and requires different needs and resources. As a result, no estimate of time can be precise. However, we have an initial range for divorce cases averaging 7-10 sessions, with each session lasting 1-2 hours.
How quickly do you respond?
Mediation is usually a very personal process. Although you are presently on the internet, divorce mediation also requires face-to-face meetings and telephone conversations. Unlike other services, we encourage you to call us first, with no charge or obligation, so that we may answer any questions that you might have and provide you with additional information. Our toll free number is 1.800.529.1516.
What does it cost?
While quality is the most critical ingredient in the mediation process, cost is also a very important component in any professional service. People often chose mediation because they receive excellent personalized service that reduces the acrimony and lessens the emotional toll on the parties, the time, and the costs of adversarial litigation process. Our rates range from $50 per hour per party to $245 per hour per party depending upon the complexity of the dispute and the qualifications and experience of the mediator.
What location is the best for me?
Alternative Law is a very flexible organization with many centers for meeting clients throughout America. If our offices are not suitable or convenient, we will arrange for a meeting place convenient for all concerned.