John Dunn's Family Mediation Services
The mere fact that you are reading this means that you have taken the
first step toward resolving your case through mediation as opposed to
litigation. Mediation has a number of advantages over
litigation...not the least of which is you remain in control!
Instead of a judge who has known you for only a few hours making
decisions about what property you get and how often you will get to see
your kids, you can settle your dispute on your terms without the need to
spend thousands or tens of thousands of dollars on attorneys.
After all, you are the expert on your marriage, your children, and what
you really want for the rest of your life.
1. What is Family Mediation?
Family Mediation is an informal process by which families that are
involved in a dispute (divorce, separation, child custody, etc.) work
together to resolve their dispute without the need of resorting to
2. How does the process work?
Prior to beginning, the parties provide the mediator with a
confidential mediation statement in which they describe the issues in
dispute. The parties participate in an informal confidential
process where a third party assists them in reaching an agreement.
Under law, the offers made during mediation cannot be used against
you in court. The parties can discuss the issues together
with the mediator, or they can separate and talk confidentially with the
mediator. (This enables them to share things that they may not be
want to share with the other party.) Ultimately, the parties are
assisted in coming to an agreement.
3. Do I need to have an attorney?
No. Mediation can actually be done without an attorney.
However, if you choose to proceed without an attorney, it is important
to remember that the mediator does not represent you. While Mr.
Dunn will share his understanding of the law as it applies to your case
during the mediation, he is doing that in order to assist the parties in
understanding the process and the potential outcomes in the event of
It is important to note that if mediation occurs outside of the
litigation process, it will be necessary for the parties to be prepared
to frankly and honestly disclose the value of assets and debts of the
marriage. This is necessary to fairly deal with each other in your
efforts to reach an agreement.
4. What do I get at the end of mediation?
If the mediation is not successful, Mr. Dunn will prepare a final
decree that has all of the required language, schedules, and other
documents that you will need to present to the Court. (Note:
Mr. Dunn does not prepare or file the Petition for Divorce or any other
papers relevant to the process.)
If the mediation is unsuccessful, you have completed the thing that
is required by most courts in Oklahoma prior to being able to move
forward with litigation.
5. How much does mediation cost?
Mediation is substantially less expensive than litigation. John
charges $200 per hour for mediation. That is divided equally
between the two parties. So, it is theoretically possible to reach
a divorce decree for $100.00 per hour for each person - a substantial
savings over two attorneys and a lengthy period of litigation.
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