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?
Divorce 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. Taking this approach towards an uncontested divorce saves time, money, and emotional damage.
The Divorce Mediators
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.
Cassel Villareal received her Juris Doctor degree with honors, from DePaul College of Law in Chicago, IL in 2001. She knows that the mediation process will help you understand the options available to you and ease the strain that divorce can take on your financial and emotional well-being. Cassel will work diligently in understanding your unique situation to reach a lasting agreement through mediation.
The mediator discusses with the parties the issues that need to be addressed to reach a divorce settlement. With the mediator present, the parties are each given the opportunity to state their proposals for settling the issues. The mediator assists the parties in working out their differences and with communicating their positions to each other. The mediator clarifies information about legal requirements for an uncontested divorce. Depending on the case, the mediation agreement that will be drafted by the mediator at the session includes settlement of issues such as 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 and tax issues.
For a more complete understanding of the mediation process and how to get started, please visit our MEDIATION PROCESS section.
Mediation has a number of benefits over divorce litigation including saving you money, a better chance of compliance with the agreement, more control over the time involved, privacy, and a healthier environment for children involved.
For a more complete look at the benefits of divorce mediation, visit our MEDIATION BENEFITS section.
Mediation VS Pro Se Services
Pro Se Services are not generally attorneys who have legal training. Lisa Derr, a family law attorney since 1987, has mediated thousands of cases since 1994. We will 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.