Mediation is a healthy alternative to the stressful and scary process of divorce litigation. At Derr & Villarreal, we believe in taking a thoughtful approach, putting the power in your hands.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is a process in which participants, together with the assistance of a neutral person, target disputed issues, develop options, consider alternatives, and reach a consensual settlement that will accommodate their needs. You don’t necessarily need to be getting along well; you both only need to be willing to try mediation.
Lisa Derr has practiced family law for almost 25 years. She began her mediation practice in 1995 after seeing that litigation was not the best avenue for solving clients’ divorce issues. Through the mediation process, she will approach your situation with empathy and objectivity and help you clearly understand your options.
For a more complete understanding of the mediation process and how to begin, please refer to the information below by clicking on your area of interest.
The Mediation Process
- child custody and placement schedules
- the amount of child support
- whether spousal maintenance will be paid by one party to the other, for how long, and at what amount
- dividing all property
- payment and responsibility for debts
The agreement is your final divorce agreement and can be provided to the court as a marital settlement agreement.
To Start The Process
Full name, address, and phone numbers for both yourself and your spouse.
Our office will then contact both you and your spouse to answer any questions you may have and to coordinate an appointment time. At that time, we will send you our mediation intake paperwork, which we ask to be returned one week prior to your first appointment.
When you leave your orientation session you will be given everything you need to file your divorce with the courthouse and begin the divorce/legal separation process.
Common issues mediated:
At the end of the session we will review detailed instructions to finish your divorce. You will file your divorce papers with your mediation agreement and both parties will attend your final hearing. As we are not your attorneys, we do not attend the final hearing.
We encourage you to contact us with any questions throughout the process.
The Benefits Of Mediation
Satisfaction and Control - Mediation is satisfying, because you make your own dicisions.
Better Timing - You can use mediation immediately and take as long as you need.
Increased Compliance - Mediated agreements have higher compliance. Increased compliance means fewer return trips to court.
More Effective Parenting and Reduced Conflict for Children - Mediation helps parents to improve communication and reduce conflict.
Privacy - All conversations during mediation are confidential.
Mediation VS Pro Se Services
Lisa Derr, attorney since 1987, has mediated thousands of cases since 1994.
We answer your questions and help you complete all the paperwork.
Lisa Derr is the current President of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Association of Mediators.
For answers to any questions or to begin the mediation process, contact Derr & Villarreal LLC Attorneys & Mediators at (920) 885-5549 or fill out the contact form to the right.