Practicing divorce law has – probably like every other job – it’s good and bad.
The good is that I have been able to help a lot of people during a very difficult time in their life.
The bad is worrying about the damage the litigation system does to families.
Unlike every other area of law, in divorce, when the case is over and the lawyers go away, in most cases the parties have a continuing relationship with each other. If they have children, they will have sports and school events, graduations, weddings and maybe even grandchildren. If there is tension between them, the children will sense it and suffer.
The legal process can create harm to that future relationship. My mentor and later partner, Leonard Loeb, used to say that the goal of a divorce lawyer should be to get the best results for the client without creating or adding to the degree of animosity which would prevent the parents from walking down the aisle together at their childrens’ weddings.
Easier said than done.
Then, I discovered mediation.
Mediation is a process which, unlike the litigation system which is designed to be like war with a winner, a loser and lots of casualties, is designed for peace.
So, I started doing mediation and found that I was pretty good at it. Then, a few years ago, I took the forty hour divorce and family mediation course through the University of Wisconsin Division of Continuing Education. And I got better at it.
Moreover, I found the satisfaction of helping two people who used to love each other to resolve their issues peacefully was incredibly high.
So, I decided to set up Herman Mediation Services and concentrated on mediation, rather than litigation.
Mediation has all sorts of advantages over litigation, but primarily, it is less emotionally and financially expensive than the traditional litigation approach.
So if you have to get divorced, please call us at (414) 272-5632 or schedule an appointment, so you can see if this is the right fit for you. In many cases, I intend to do full service mediation (which includes completing and filing all necessary documents) at a flat fee, so there will be no surprises.
My intent is to meet with potential mediation parties for a free half hour consultation. There will be no commitment necessary at this consultation – just a meeting to discuss options, process and cost. We can meet at my office or a coffee shop or eatery convenient to you.
Think this might fit your needs? If so, let’s talk.
Herman Mediation Services