approach that empowers you
Ms. Franks reassuring,
compassionate approach builds trust in her and the process. There is no growth in
repressing your feelings. Going through divorce is painful at times, but conflict presents
an opportunity for enlightenment, so clients move beyond the anger to arrive at a fair
settlement. She demonstrates her commitment to positive growth by the physically pleasing
environment she creates. She guides the parties to explore various solutions to
challenging issues. You will be educated not to overpower the other party, but to
empower yourself to ask for what you want in a manner that will influence your spouse to
your privacy and confidentiality
As author of Safeguard Your
Identity, Ms. Frank has a keen consciousness about the need to keep sensitive information
out of the public eye. Identity theft is the fastest-growing crime in America. Although
you have a fiduciary duty to reveal all financial information during divorce, you
shouldnt have to make your confidential information a public record in court
proceedings for the world to see!
What to expect
See a flyer on Divorce mediation.
- Initial contact with disputing parties. (Usually
one party contacts the mediator, and mediator provides written letter outlining process of
mediation to all parties.)
- Telephone conference with clients (and attorneys,
if any) to explain process, and set up appointment, and secure retainer.
- Opening session-explanation of process.
- Confidentiality Agreement.
- Ground rules established my mediator, parties (and
counsel of record).
- Identify problems, issues, and interests.
- Strategy to guide mediation explained.
- Gathering of all information and facts to analyze.
- Define and prioritize issues and set agenda for
- Building of trust and cooperation. Expectations
- Plaintiff (complaining party) presents issues,
facts, and positions.
- Defendant presents issues, facts, and positions.
- Mediator narrows issues with help of parties
(Caucus may begin here).
- Focus on objective criteria and documents.
- Mediator restates problems in terms of all
relevant information and facts.
- Mediator uncovers hidden interests of disputing
parties. (Open session and/or closed session caucusing.)
- Parties assess options for settlement. (Caucusing
may occur at several times.)
- Final bargaining of each issue.
- Final settlement negotiations after all issues,
resolved, or partial settlement of various issues.
- Preparation of the agreement together and
preparing for all contingencies. (Building in dispute resolution procedures).
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