If you and your spouse will not be able to agree on parenting time, and asset and debt division, divorce mediation helps most couples agree so they can file a uncontested divorce.

Divorce Mediation

For couples who do not already agree on all issues, mediation is an economical way couples reach agreement so an uncontested divorce is possible. Mediation works so well, with over 80 percent of court cases that mediate reaching agreement, most judges require couples try mediation before hearing the case.  

Julie Ernst has mediated thousands of cases in and out of the Georgia court system over the last two decades. She understands complex financial situations as well as hurt feelings often accompanying divorce. There is no need to reinvent the wheel. If you and your spouse disagree about how to divide parenting time, assets, debts or support, or other issues, Julie Ernst can provide suggestions about how other couples have resolved same or similar disagreements.  

Advantages of Divorce Mediation in Georgia:

  • Divorce Mediation saves time and money. Once an agreement is reached, there is no need for a court trial. A divorce that might take years and costs tens of thousands can be completed quickly and inexpensively.

  • Divorce Mediation allows couples to find solutions that work better for their family than what a judge might order. Divorce Mediation agreements address concerns unique to each family, with both spouses more likely to get what they want.

  • Divorce Mediation reduces stress. Fighting through lawyers and preparing for trial takes an emotional toll. Settling means an uncontested divorce is possible, allowing everyone to move on with their lives and focus on the future.

  • Divorce Mediation can decrease conflict by improving communication. This is especially helpful when couples must continue to co-parent children.

  • Most Georgia courts require mediation. If you have a case pending in the Georgia Courts, you will likely be ordered to go to mediation. If you haven't yet filed for divorce, mediation before filing can avoid expensive attorney's fees.

How Divorce Mediation Works:  

Once mediation is scheduled, couples meet by live video call with Attorney Mediator Julie Ernst. As a mediator, she helps each spouse determine their interests and what issues need to be resolved. Each spouse has the opportunity to speak confidentially about his or her concerns without their spouse present. Each issue is discussed until resolved. A written agreement is provided to the couple. When a divorce has already been filed in the court system, attorneys for each spouse often attend mediation.If attorneys are not present at mediation, each spouse has time to review the agreement with an attorney before it becomes binding. 

To schedule a mediation or get more information, go to our Start My Uncontested Divorce/Ask Questions page.

Attorney Ernst has been registered with Georgia's Office Of Dispute Resolution since 1999. Due to hundreds of hours of alternative dispute resolution training, she is approved by the state of Georgia to mediate civil, domestic relations, domestic violence, juvenile and deprivation cases, and to arbitrate cases, within the court system. She is on the list of court-referred mediators in the following Georgia Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs:  Clayton County ADR Office (Clayton County), Cobb County Superior Court ADR Program (Cobb County), Dekalb County Courts Dispute Resolution Center (Dekalb County), Fulton County State/Magistrate Landlord/Tenant Mediation Program, Fulton County ADR Program (Fulton County), Gwinnett Judicial Circuit ADR Program (Gwinnett County), Ninth Judicial Administrative District ADR Program (Cherokee, Dawson, Fannin, Forsyth, Gilmer, Habersham, Hall, Lumpkin, Pickens, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White Counties), Seventh Judicial Administrative District ADR Program (Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Douglas, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Paulding, Polk, and Walker Counties), Sixth Judicial Administrative District ADR Program (Butts, Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Monroe, Spalding, Pike, and Upson Counties), and Tenth Judicial Administrative District ADR Program (Burke, Columbia, Clarke, Elbert, Franklin, Hart, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Richmond and Walton Counties).