Mediating the Amazon

High profile divorces can provide fodder for the gossip rags such as the National Enquirer for years. That’s if divorcing couples choose the traditional route of hiring attorneys to divvy up the assets a couple built together and it goes to trial instead of mediation.

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Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos might consider thinking outside of the box, though, with their divorce in the same way they built their Amazon empire. Perhaps they could come to the table of a neutral, third party mediator and work out their divorce settlement between themselves and keep the proceedings out of the public eye.

Issues typically addressed in a divorce or a mediation include:

  • Distribution of property (assets/liabilities)
  • Child Custody and Parenting Time
  • Child Support and Maintenance
  • Retirement
  • Taxes

twitter statementBased on their public statement, the Bezos are in an ideal situation in which they could mutually transition from their marriage, rather than enduring the confrontational process in which attorneys are trained to engage.

The costs of a contentious divorce fueled by attorneys can be astronomical. In an average divorce case with a middle class couple, costs can range up to $50,000 if the proceedings are taken to trial.  The philosophy of transformational conflict resolution specialists and mediators, however, is to be of service to the community by facilitating a healthy and engaged interaction by parties who have the desire to work out their needs respectfully, mutually and maturely. Costs are more modest, averaging from $3,000 to $10,000.

The other significant benefit to conducting a divorce with a trained mediator is the confidentiality. No one other than the mediator and the parties at the mediation table have information about the proceedings. A divorce that is conducted through attorneys and goes to trial is an open venue for any voyeur to watch.

New Thought, Right Action Consulting Services is here to assist you through your changes. Reach out to us if you are looking for a new way to make a change and come out of it with your dignity and pocketbook in tact.

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