Divorce Express

Instructions

 

The Relevant Information Is Provided First and Promptly

Welcome to Divorce Express. By entering the process, both you and your spouse have affirmed that it is your present desire and intent to bring your marriage to an end, and that you both want to fully and finally resolve all of the financial and child related issues which must be resolved.Divorce Express fully understands that the two of you have disagreements which need resolution. Divorce Express also assumes that a fair resolution of whatever issues exist begins with full and frank disclosure of the information relevant to your dispute. By starting with that assumption, you will save yourself and your family a significant amount of money and emotional turmoil. Divorce Express congratulates you.

So Let’s Get Started

 First

Complete the following forms which are included in this instructional manual:

Application to Divorce Express.

Retainer Agreement with Divorce Express.

Detailed History and Information Sheet.

Statement of Earnings.

Staement of Assets and Liabilities.

Statement of Monthly Family Expenses When Last Residing Together.

Statement of Monthly Expenses Anticipated After Separation or Being Incurred After Separation. 

Second

When completed, these forms will be submitted to our Coordinator for review and analysis. The Coordinator is available to you to answer questions about the data being requested or if you have other questions which come up during your completion of the forms. The Coordinator is not permitted to give legal advice, to comment upon the implications of including certain date or to attend to the emotional issues which inevitably accompany this process. The Coordinator’s role is to be certain that all of the data needed to resolve your dispute is being shared at the very beginning of the process---not “as we go”, although that may also occur in many situations as new questions emerge as we go…

Third 

The Coordinator will discuss with you and your spouse (and your attorneys if such is the case), (a) what additional information will be needed (b) what authorizations for release of records will be needed to satisfy each of you that you have all the information you need to enter into meaningful and fully informed negotiations with your spouse and (c) if assets must be valued, the options which are available to accomplish that task.  Divorce Express has its own referral list of experts who we believe to be practical, straight forward and balanced in their approach. You will be given full information about their background and credentials, and you will have access to our Website to review the comments of others who have used their services. But remember, this is your life and your divorce, so if you and your spouse have someone else in mind that you trust, you not only can, but probably should, use that person or group.

Next.  Get Some Enlightened Advice—Now, Not Later

The Coordinator will compile the data collected during the First Step and provide it to our Analyst. The Analyst will be a participant in the Divorce Express Network who has significant experience and expertise in domestic disputes. The Analysts, as a general matter, are former Judges and domestic relations attorneys who have at least 25 years of experience in this specialty. Here again, their background, experience and credentials will be made available to you on our Website together with comments rendered by others who have used their services. Predicting outcomes in divorce cases is an art—not a science. However, those with significant experience can (1) predict outcomes within a reasonable range of predictability (b) address the question of how long it would take, and how much it would cost, if you were to resolve your dispute in the traditional legal system and (c) give you and your spouse a perspective that can be of significant help inmaking the compromises that are required to enter into a Marital Settlement Agreement at this difficult time in your life.

This is not mediation. The Analyst is not there to assist, persuade or cajole you into coming to an Agreement. He or she is there to give you the benefit of their hard earned wisdom. It is up to you how to thereafter proceed.

Now- Choose a Course of Action 

After the meeting with the Divorce Express Analyst, you will again meet jointly with our coordinator. We will try and help you decide on the most efficient course of action to pursue from that point forward. That may include:

Entering into a Marital Settlement Agreement if you and your spouse have worked out mutually acceptable terms on all of the issues;

Entering into a Partial Marital Settlement Agreement if you have resolved some, but not all, of the issues and are comfortable with a

piecemeal approach;

Proceeding with Mediation with regard to those issues on which differences still exist or;                      

Proceeding to Binding Arbitration on those issues upon which there is no agreement if it is the consensus that mediation is unlikely to 

succeed because the disagreements are either too comples or are emotionally impossible to reconcile i.e. we agree that we

cannot agree—so let’s get a third party to decide.

If Binding Arbitration is the Preferred Path 

Divorce Express has its own referral list of Arbitrators who we believe to be experienced in this specialty, practical, straight forward and balanced in their approach. You will be given full information about their background and credentials, and you will have access to our Website to review the comments of others who have used their services. But remember, this is your life and your divorce, so if you and your spouse (or your lawyers, as the case may be) have someone else in mind that you trust, you not only can, but probably should, use that person or group.

 

 

 

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