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Your Online Path to a Peaceful, Out-of-Court, Divorce and a Healthy Post-Divorce Life For You and Your Family

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Which Option Is Right For You?

The Better Apart® Mediation is delivered in three different configurations, depending on your specific situation. Please note these prices do not include paperwork for filing (as described above). You can see a short summary of each option listed below:

Easy Peasy (Simple): 

You just need a little help getting clarity and writing up a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with all your agreement terms.  You also want the Separation Agreement as well as all the Uncontested Divorce Documents drafted.

This plan is typically best for short term marriage without kids, without significant property or for limited post judgement settlement meetings.

This plan is also perfect for Pre-Marriage Mediation and Pre-Nuptial Mediation

STEP ONE: The Mediation Process

  • 4 weeks from start to finish
  • Up to two 120-minute online mediation sessions
  • Light support between sessions*
  • Detailed memorandum of understanding with all agreed terms

$ 3,000

STEP TWO:  The Paperwork

  • Drafted Separation Agreement
  • Uncontested Documents for filing

$5,000 NY / $3,500 MA

*if you are working with lawyers who will do drafting and filing, only step one is necessary.

Middle of The Road (Standard): 

You’re facing more challenges because of emotional, financial, or legal complexity, but you really want to stay out of court. You have a hard time communicating and need some more support to get to the finish line.

This plan is typically for when there are extensive assets, debts, a complicated relationship, parenting issues or when there is a need for extra time and support to get through this situation. Three months from start to finish.

STEP ONE:  The Mediation Process

  • Up to three months from start to finish.
  • Up to four 120-minute online mediation sessions (including optional attorney session)
  • Light support between sessions, including attorney contact where applicable*

$ 5,000

STEP TWO:  The Paperwork

  • Drafted Separation Agreement
  • Uncontested Documents for filing

$ 5,000 NY / $3,500 MA 

*if you are working with lawyers who will do drafting and filing only step one is necessary.

It’s Complicated (Deluxe): 

You and your spouse need the fullest support possible. You may already be in court or this may be post-judgment.  You have lawyers and you need a little more time in between sessions to talk, While your lawyers are hands-on  you really want to stay out of court.  You need a more extended timeline to get your divorced resolved.

  • Up to six months from start to finish
  • Up to eight 120-minute online mediation sessions (may include optional lawyer pre-mediation meetings/ four way conferencing/ agreement review)
  • Light support between sessions* 
  • Priority calendaring to accommodate court schedule.
  • $12,500** (hourly rates with mandatory minimums also available for attorney assisted settlement conferencing)

If you and your spouse are committed to a peaceful, out-of-court, divorce that prepares the way for a healthy post-divorce life for you and your family, then the first step in the process is to schedule a short consultation so we can discuss your specific situation.

During this call, we’ll get clear on whether or not the Better Apart Mediation is right for you, which of the three options is best for your needs and how many sessions (some use more, some use less) will be required to achieve your goals.

Need more sessions? No problem. You can renew any package once you have used all of your sessions.

Need more time? Also, not a problem. Time extensions, while not recommended, are often possible upon request.  

*Light support between sessions includes reasonable contact via phone, email and text per month of service up to one hour per party for each month of service.

**Note that the pricing for Separation Agreement and Uncontested Court Documents for New York and Massachusetts are listed above. Cost of Agreement and documents varies by state and case complexity.  The pricing for drafting is not wrapped into the cost of mediation in case you are working with lawyers who prefer to do the required paperwork.

Natalie Golub
Natalie Golub
2023-06-02
It’s weird to say I love going to mediation, but I really do love having Gabrielle there. She brings bright moments, insightful stories, and fairness into the conversation. I absolutely love working with her, and will absolutely recommend her to anyone who needs her.
Kevin F
Kevin F
2023-04-24
Gabrielle Hartley has been invaluable to me and my family. She has helped us sort out situations that seemed insurmountable, and made everything much less complicated. We have been able to move forward in a way that makes sense, thanks in a large part to her wisdom and professional, yet warm and caring, manner. Thank you!
Elizabeth Satin
Elizabeth Satin
2023-04-24
Constructive and thoughtful. Extremely professional and made the process as easy as it could have been! Thank you Gabby!
L Mollo
L Mollo
2023-04-08
When I spoke to Gabrielle, I felt like she really understood me.
Emma Guyette
Emma Guyette
2023-04-06
Gabrielle was incredibly helpful as I worked through the initial stages of helping a family member with their divorce proceedings. She was always timely in responding, and was very friendly and professional in correspondence. I would not hesitate to recommend that people reach out to her if needing to talk about your situation.
Corrie Mayers
Corrie Mayers
2023-03-16
Very Professional and Understanding. Fair to both parties. Mindful of both parties' time. Respectful of both parties privacy & requests. Patiently covers legal matters. Pleasant and calm personality who you would want to mediate such stressful matters for you.
Priscilla Monson
Priscilla Monson
2023-03-14
Gabrielle's book "Better Apart" was a God send. Helping me sort through the feelings and confusion when it comes to a relationship not working and needing to think about ending a marriage. It is not easy, and besides all the emotions you have to think about the legal side of things. This book help with both, helping to start to see a way forward for those who, like me, want to do as little damage as possible and try to preserve some dignity and friendship with my long time partner. Great book and its been so helpful working through it. Also had a great 20 minute consultation with Gabrielle which was so encouraging and hlepful.
Carol Conroy
Carol Conroy
2023-03-09
We just finished our divorce agreement, and I couldn't be happier. Gabrielle helped us get through this process with her patience, knowledge, and compassion. Going through mediation instead of a traditional divorce is highly recommended. Gabrielle's reassurance and expertise will see you through it. Divorce doesn't have to be a battle!
KENNY ARCH
KENNY ARCH
2023-03-09
I had the pleasure of speaking with Gabrielle Hartley, Ms.Hartley was very informative and helpful. Ms. Hartley took the time and patience to answer my questions openly and honestly. Forever grateful.

Better Apart® Divorce Mediation is the powerful alternative to the long, expensive and very public traditional approach to divorce.  

Unlike taking your divorce to court, this method allows you to remain in full control of the entire process,  to avoid the customary public airing of your private matters, and dramatically reduces the risk of the process becoming overly-complicated or nasty.

Unlike traditional mediation, where you’re constantly aware of the “clock ticking” with hourly billing, the Better Apart Mediation offers a straightforward flat-fee and an efficient journey through the process.

For most people, you will arrive at all the terms of your divorce resolution within three months.  

As attractive as this sounds, the Better Apart Divorce Mediation is not for everyone. If you and your spouse are unable to work together and every conversation devolves into war, court is a better solution. If you and your spouse would prefer to drag the process out over years, this is also not for you.  

But if you are ready to approach your divorce with a can-do attitude, an open mind and with the intention of building a positive post-divorce future The Better Apart Divorce Mediation Solution may be just what you are looking for.

*This service is also perfect for pre-marital mediation and pre-nuptial mediation.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

You and your spouse will have up to six regularly scheduled mediation sessions working directly with me over a period of up to three months (if that sounds too fast, don’t worry, extensions are possible!)  

All sessions are online so you can attend from whatever location you find comfortable and convenient.

In between these meetings, you can talk, email and text with questions or concerns. In cases where lawyers are involved, I will even have a separate meeting with the lawyers to iron out the most difficult entrenched conflict at no extra charge.

During the entire process, there will be no “meter” running. So you won’t feel any pressure that asking another question or digging deeper into a conversation creates a financial burden.

Better Apart Mediation is focused on helping you move through the difficult process of divorce in a way that is simple, straightforward and designed to arrive at solutions that everyone involved can accept. 

Once the terms are arrived at, you have the option for me to provide a neutral Separation Agreement (in NY and MA only), which can be used for filing, or to simply be provided with a Memorandum of understanding, which your lawyers can then draft for the court. 

Should you opt to have your lawyer draft the agreement, I will remain available to you for an additional month after the final meeting to answer questions that may arise during the drafting process. This is also included in the single fee you pay for our engagement.

While I am a lawyer, during the Better Apart mediation, I am serving in the unique role of a neutral third party. To preserve this neutrality, which is required to help facilitate the process to its completion, while I may share some legal information or insights, I will not offer legal advice to any party. 

While it is not mandatory, it is always a best practice to have a lawyer to consult with throughout the process before signing on the dotted line. The best time to get a lawyer is AFTER our first meeting.

Once we are finished with the process, the only thing left for you to do is to have your uncontested paperwork prepared by a third party. These documents are purely administrative and do not involve any of the heavy decision making and emotional lifting required by the mediation process.

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DISCLAIMER: The commentary, advice, and opinions from Gabrielle Hartley are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice or mental health services. You should contact an attorney and/or mental health professional in your state to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem.

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