Got Questions About Divorce or Legal Separation?

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When a partner or couple is considering divorce, they should be able to find answers to questions surrounding divorce options, but there are problems . . .

  • You are not even sure what questions to ask
  • When you ask questions, you might get conflicting answers
  • Sorting through all the information is confusing
  • Attorneys can position you to fight when you want an amicable divorce
  • How can we have a “kitchen table” divorce?


Got Questions about Divorce or Separation with Genesis?

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Is mediation helpful for separations, even informal or trial separations?

Yes. If you select an informal or trial separation with a desire to work on the marriage, mediation will help give your marriage the best possible chance. If you are separated or considering separation prior to divorce, mediation assists in clarifying the essentials, including visitation of the children and finances.

How does mediation lessen the impact on children?

Our mediators work hard to keep the relationship between parents as positive and viable as possible. This is the best possible outcome for children – parents working together for their children. Traditional divorce often escalates the conflict between parents, leading to tremendous bitterness, anger, and expense.

I have teenagers. Should they be included in the process?

Yes. Our mediators typically will include one session with teenage children to gain insight and help the teen(s) feel heard by an unbiased party.

Will I get a fair settlement by using mediation?

Legal consultations are highly encouraged during mediation.  Some parties chose to invite his/her attorney to mediation sessions.  You will receive all the resources and consultations necessary to arrive at the best possible outcome for both parties.  Divorce is never a win/win situation.  However, each party needs to feel a fair and equitable agreement was reached during the process.

Can I still use an attorney in mediation?

Absolutely. Our mediators prefer to work with attorneys trained in Collaborative Family Law. He/she will supply clients with a number of quality trained attorneys to contact. You can retain an attorney, go for an initial consultation, or return for counsel as needed.

How much will it cost?

Cost can vary with each couple. Rarely do our fees exceed the cost of the retainer for just one attorney. The mediator will provide a more accurate estimate of fees with you during a FREE phone consultation.

How do I calculate child support?

Each state has a child support calculation formula and often an online support calculator. Search for child support for whichever state you reside in. As your mediators, we can calculate child support for you once we know all the variables to input into the online calculator.

Do I owe and spousal support? Can I recieve any spousal support?

Only a few states have created a spousal support calculator. For most states, support is fact dependent on many variables. We find creating budgets very helpful. For a more definitive answer, you will need to consult with an attorney.

Can I get Sole Custody?

This is a question you will want to discuss with a mediator. After we talk through the issues of custody, most of our clients select joint custody. We can discuss your individual case during the FREE 15-minute phone consultation.

Should I get an attorney?

Many of our clients at least consult with an attorney, which we highly recommend. Most of our clients do not retain an attorney. You may be interested in a collaborative case with attorneys at the table together with a mediator. We can discuss this during your FREE 15-minute phone consultation.

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After submitting the form, one of our mediators will reach out to schedule a free 15-minute consultation and get you on the path to peace.

Or Call — (503) 749-6040


"Genesis Divorce and Family Center has my gratitude. The Genesis Center was generous with patience and flexibility throughout the divorce process. Brian Shimer, Kathy Crick, and Jerome Jacobson were remarkable in moving the divorce down a path that was both quiet and efficient."


"Kathy and Genesis were great to work with. She made the process as easy as possible given the difficult nature of the situation."


"I used Genesis for a complicated and stressful divorce and Randall definitely helped resolve issues and keep things on track. He is calm, rational, informative and trustworthy."