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Q. How much does a Clearview Divorce cost?
A. Clearview is free to anyone for 30 days.
The costs for a mediated divorce range from $750 to $2,500 per person – depending on the complexities of your situation and the services you choose. This price does not include state court filing fees.
Clearview has a many other services available starting as low as $95 pp.
Q. How long does a Clearview Divorce take?
A. Most couples are able to complete their divorce in ninety (90) days or less. Couples who do not have complex property or debt issues often complete their divorce in twelve hours or less. This is a significant reduction from the twelve plus months it often takes couples who rely the traditional court-driven process or two to three years in states where courts are closing at alarming rates.
Q. What is Clearview Divorce?
A. Clearview Divorce is a technology platform that makes a very difficult period a little bit easier, and a lot more affordable. Clearview’s innovative technology offers parties a straight-forward and manageable divorce experience with step-by-step guidance through an entirely online process. Clearview allows couples to resolve issues when their schedules allow, and at times that are convenient for them– 24/7/365. Easy to use. Powerful tools. A difficult process made simple – all in one place.
Q. Does my spouse have to agree to use Clearview’s services?
A. Yes. To use Clearview’s services both you and your spouse must agree to participate in our online mediation process and sign Clearview’s agreement to mediate.
Q. Is online divorce mediation right for me?
A. Online divorce mediation is the way of the future and is here to stay. Today, tens of millions of disputes representing billions of dollars in settlements are being handled online every year from laptops, smartphones and other devices and this number is growing significantly, as more types of disputes are being resolved online every day. With courts closing across the country and family courts being overcrowded and underfunded, technology is the solution.
Whether your a busy professional, a stay at home parent or living a long-distance from your spouse, you can now enjoy the benefits of mediation without ever having to leave your home or ever stepping into a court room. Clearview’s innovative process saves couples time and money versus the traditional processes for divorce!
Q. Do I still need to go to court to finalize my divorce?
A. No, you do not always have to go to court if you are going through a divorce. A court appearance in most jurisdictions is not necessary if your divorce is uncontested (the majority of divorces filed in America.) However, in some states, you still need to go to court to finalize your divorce.
In many states you never have to appear in court and you can email or fax your documents in. As more courts continue to close at alarming rates around the country, Clearview predicts courts will have no choice but to adopt mainstream conveniences such email, fax and social media delivery channels – standards in every other industry.
If you live in a state where you still have to go to court in person, don’t worry as it is easier than you think. If you and your spouse were able to reach a fair and reasonable divorce agreement, the judge will likely grant your divorce after asking you a few simple questions lasting a brief period – a minute or two.
Q. Is Clearview’s online mediation process confidential?
A. Yes – Clearview’s online mediation process is completely confidential. Before your begin the process, both you and your spouse will electronically sign our agreement to participate in mediation which states that anything shared during the divorce mediation process will remain confidential and that your mediator can never be called to provide testimony for either spouse, should one spouse terminate the mediation process and decided to instead pursue costly litigation.
Q. What information do I need share with my spouse?
A. You are required to voluntarily exchange all financial information with your spouse/partner during the Clearview process. This information is required by the courts and is important for both spouse’s to make informed decisions. Intentionally withholding information may cause an agreement to be invalid.
Q. When using Clearview who do I work with through the divorce process?
A. Every couple who uses Clearview is assigned to a designated mediator who is with you every step of the way. Couples who are experiencing financial issues can choose to elect to have a financial expert work with them for finite periods or as long as you wish – unlike the current legal system, couples never pay for services they do not want or need. Clearview’s professional are a click of a button away.
Have a financial question or want to review your documents with a certified divorce financial analyst or business valuation analyst? It’s as easy as requesting an online meeting through your secure personal dashboard. You can then interact live with your divorce professional or team of professionals using high-definition video. Not sure about something on a document? Clearview’s interactive technology platform allows you and your professionals to share documents and review them online together.
Q. Do I need a lawyer to get a divorce?
A. No, you don’t need a lawyer to get a divorce. This is one of the biggest misconceptions about the divorce process. In fact, in some states more than 75% of divorcing couples are not using a lawyer.
While the traditional, adversarial approach for resolving family disputes is sometimes necessary (i.e. domestic abuse, complex financial issues, custody disputes), it is rarely the best choice for families. Once you engage in litigation, the process will take on a life of it’s own and rest assured, it will be very expensive and very disruptive to your life.
If you are your partner are willing to negotiate, even if you don’t agree on every issue – you will find that mediation is a better alternative. Mediation will not only save you time and money, it will preserve your relationships, which is necessary when you have children together.
You can always go to court if all other options don’t work, but why make it the first choice.
Q. Does Clearview use lawyers in it’s process?
A. You don’t need an attorney to get a divorce. However, Clearview believes having an attorney review your divorce settlement is sound advice and offers some couples going through the divorce process something we at Clearview call the “pillow effect” – being able to go to sleep peacefully at night knowing all your t’s were crossed and your i’s were dotted.
Many attorneys do not want to work with you unless they can work with you throughout the entire divorce process and be able to bill you high hourly rates – often exceeding $30k to $100k or more – along the way.
Clearview works with a network of attorneys across the country who will prepare your separation agreement and be available to help you with other related post divorce needs should you have them.
Q. Why should I use Clearview?
A. Clearview saves you time and money and helps you settle your divorce efficiently and cost-effectively by eliminating legal disputes, personality conflicts and communication difficulties.
Clearview’s technology platform allows you to organize your finances, review settlement proposals, populate your state specific forms and more – in minutes, as opposed to months.
Clearview provides an online solution – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – allowing couples total convenience to work through any conflict they may have. Clearview’s interactive technology platform is an efficient alternative to the antiquated and inefficient system delivered by overpaid professionals working in the traditional brick and mortal system.
Q. How is Clearview different from traditional mediation?
A. Traditional mediation is conducted face to face whereas Clearview’s process is conducted entirely online. In addition to the convenience of being able to work through your divorce from your local Starbucks cafe or the comfort of your home, face to face meetings are very expensive and can be highly inefficient.
Most mediators are licensed practiced attorneys who charge high hourly rates, often as much as $450 per hour or more depending on where you live.
Clearview’s process relies on Information and Communication Technology as it’s platform for communications rather than the traditional brick and mortar system. If you live in LA, you longer have to pay a baby sitter to watch your kids, drive through 2 hours of traffic, pay $35 to park, to then sit and wait in your divorce professionals office while you watch their hourly meter begin running.
The traditional mediation system is built by lawyers and the legal industry who as a group have lagged behind in adapting to the Internet, even though the Internet has clearly reduced costs and changed the way consumers get information, book travel, do their banking, and manage investments.
Clearview provides you with the financial help and expertise you need in your divorce. Mediators are not supposed to give you advice nor did not go to school to study finance or learn about advanced financial strategies to help you resolve your money issues. In addition to your mediator, Clearview offers you the help and advice you need to navigate through any financial issue you may be having in your divorce.
Q. How do I access Clearview?
A. Clearview is currently in private beta. You can sign-up on our web site and when we get ready to open our beta testing, we will invite those who signed up in the order received.
Q. What is (online) mediation?
A. Mediation is a settlement process where spouses work with a neutral third party who assists them in reaching an agreement. The role of the mediator is to facilitate communication and to offer suggestions. Mediators do not make decisions and they do not give legal advice.
Online mediation refers to mediation through an electronic medium, namely the internet.
Q. How much does it cost to hire an attorney?
A. Costs can vary dramatically depending on where you live, the attorney you select and the level of service you want.
Most attorneys bill by the hour for their “time” and hourly fees generally range from $250 to $750 per hour or more in urban areas..
Most lawyers will ask for a retainer ranging from as little as $2,500 to as much as $50,000.00 or more up front to cover expected costs.
Lawyers bill in 1/10th increments so there are 6/10th’s in one hour. This means it is possible for your lawyer to work just six minutes and bill for one full hour of their time.
The traditional divorce process using courts and expensive attorneys is very inefficient and can take years to complete. In divorce – time is money. If you are working with an attorney and your divorce takes a year or longer, you can expect to pay tens of thousands of dollars or more to your attorney. Judges tell us legal fees in excess of $1M are “not uncommon” in many of their cases.
If you do use an attorney for your divorce, make sure you agree upon the total fee in advance of your divorce and get it in writing. Doing this will not only allow you to plan and budget for your divorce, it will prevent runaway legal fees that bankrupt many couples.
Q. Divorce Mediation vs. Divorce Litigation?
A. Divorce Litigation – Divorce litigation is the legal process in which spouses seeking divorce choose their own individual attorneys to represent them in court. All communications, correspondence and exchange of information takes places between the attorneys.
Divorce litigation involves a involved discovery process, an exchange of financial informational and other mandatory discovery requirements such as interrogatories, request for production of documents, depositions, case management conferences, multiple motions, pre-trial conferences and possibly a trial.
In litigation each party to the divorce gives away complete power and control over the outcome of the dispute to a judge who will decide the couples fate. Litigation is extremely costly and time consuming. The discovery process itself, with frequent delays, can often take a year or longer.
Litigation is not confidential and anyone from your employer, your neighbor, to friends, family members and strangers can learn everything about you, as the courtroom is open to the public.
Anytime you hire an attorney for your divorce process you are making a proactive decision to litigate and you can be confident you will experience all of the above.
Divorce Mediation – Divorce mediation is a voluntary, structured and confidential process in which couples seeking a divorce, work together and communicate with the help of a mediator a “trained neutral.” Mediation is considered the preferred method to resolve disputes, particularly for those couples who have children.
Online mediation is efficient, affordable and allows couples to conveniently work out their concerns and craft a legally-bound agreement that is acceptable to all parties.
In mediation the parties are in full control, not a judge or the attorneys and the mediation process is completely confidential.
Q. Can I try Clearview before I decide its right for me?
A. Clearview is still in beta but once open you can try Clearview for free for 30 days. There is no credit card, no commitment.
Q. Are there divorce resources or articles available on Clearview?
A. Yes. Clearview is the nations leading authority on divorce. Everyday we publish two to three articles on topics ranging from co-parenting, the divorce process, divorce costs, the legal industry and much, much more. You can sign up to have our news delivered right to your inbox by subscribing to receive Clearview’s Divorce News on our site.
You can also checkout out our eBooks by downloading them from our site.
Q. I am still thinking about divorce but uncertain, can Clearview help me?
A. Yes. Clearview has created the country’s first pre-divorce consulting platform delivered entirely on-line.
Clearview’s online platform will help you understand your divorce options, learn about keys issues, learn how to gather financial information, provide you with access to divorce topics of interest and give you access to live professionals via our secure portal.
Clearview’s goal is to educate you and provide you with all the resources you need to help you make intelligent and informed decisions – all under one roof.
Q. Can Clearview provide me with financial help?
A. Yes. Clearview can help you organize your financial affairs before even starting the divorce process – saving you TIME and MONEY. Clearview’s interactive technology platform will help you gather all your financial information in one place, automatically categorize your financial information, create helpful graphs and reports tracking your income, spending and support needs, prepare your marital statement of net worth and much, much more.
Whether its getting help completing a budget or help evaluating a proposed divorce settlement, Clearview’s trained divorce finance experts will work with you to help get you the answers you need – all with no hourly billing.
Q. Can Clearview help me post divorce?
A. Yes. Clearview is the first firm in the country to address individuals post divorce needs in Clearview Transitions™. Attorneys feel their job is simply to get you divorced – after all that’s all they know. Clearview feels our job is much more important than that – we want to help you build your new life again. Clearview has created a platform to get you the help you need to begin rebuilding your new life ahead.
While starting over, you don’t need more distractions or conflict. Clearview has developed a process to help you stay out of court by helping you resolve issues that typically arise post divorce.
Clearview’s platform is specifically designed for individuals who wish to keep their children out of the middle of conflict and stay out of court, as well as for those who wish to avoid having to pay high attorney fees.
Clearview’s technology platform has features such as online parenting calendars, message boards, expense log’s and e*notifications, all helping to make post divorce communications easier.
Finally, Clearview helps you begin your new life ahead by offering you solutions to all your post divorce needs. Clearview understands the road ahead is not easy, so we have created a platform to give you and your family all the help you need to begin your new life ahead. Stay tuned for more details on how Clearview can help you in the months ahead.
Q. Why would I not just use LegalZoom.com?
A. LegalZoom.com is an online legal document service provider. LegalZoom can create your divorce documents for you quickly, efficiently and affordably – entirely online. LegalZoom.com is an outstanding service for couples who only need their divorce documents prepared.
A major drawback of working with LegalZoom is the company cannot help you resolve your conflict, provide answers on how to create a successful parenting plan, help draft your parenting plan or help you answer complex financial questions – the number one issue preventing couples from moving forward in their divorce. Clearview can do all of this for you – entirely online.
If you need help beyond completing you divorce forms, LegalZoom will refer to you an attorney. The problem is Attorneys bill by the hour for their services, only work 9 to 5, provide no clarity on the total cost of their service, and charge such high hourly rates that are simply not affordable for average Americans.
Clearview’s products and services have been shaped by extensive feedback from working with couples who have gone through the divorce process. Clearview understands divorce is not simply about document preparation – it is just one piece of the puzzle. Clearview offers customers a full service experience with our innovative pre to post divorce process – giving you the help you need at a price you can afford.