FAMILY DISPUTE RESOLUTION FAQ's
> Will the mediator, arbitrator, or parenting coordinator be able to give me legal advice?
No. BKR’s Family Dispute Resolution team serves the purpose of facilitating agreements between you and your former significant other – or, in the case of arbitration, acting as a judicial officer who renders a decision in your case. You will need to seek independent counsel for legal advice, which we highly recommend that you do. For some resources for potential attorneys, call us at 317-571-3601
> Am I required to have an attorney to use your services?
No – but we do advise you to seek independent legal counsel, whether prior to your initial mediation/parenting coordination session, throughout the process, or both.
> Can we participate in mediation even if no one has filed anything with the Court yet?
Yes – we perform what is called “pre-filing” mediation in divorce cases, where you reach an agreement prior to making your initial divorce (or paternity) filing with the court. In cases where you are experiencing post-dissolution (or post-judgment paternity) issues, you also can mediate prior to either party having filed any petition with the court.
> Can we mediate pre-marital issues?
Absolutely. We will work with you to craft an agreement-in-principle for your premarital agreement, and refer both of you to several reputable attorneys who can work with you to memorialize your agreement in writing.
> Who can attend mediation sessions?
Both parties, in addition to their attorneys (if desired), attend mediation sessions. You also have the option of asking other relevant professionals to attend (i.e. accountants, business valuation professionals, etc.), or relevant third parties (i.e. family members who may provide financial support for any agreements reached, or persons who may be able to assist with budgeting questions). We simply request that you inform us in advance of any additional persons who may attend mediation, so we can seek input from all parties and determine who may and may not attend.
> Who can attend parenting coordination sessions?
We ask that only the parents attend sessions. Typically, sessions are joint, with both parties sitting together with the parenting coordinator. There may be occasions, however, when it would be helpful for each party to meet individually with the parenting coordinator – this will only be done in rare instances, and always with the full knowledge of both parties.
> How do I get to your offices?
We are located at
450 E. 96th Street, Suite 340, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240
See our Contact page for a map
> What do you charge?
BKR Family Dispute Resolution charges by the hour for all services performed. Hourly rates range from $120 to $225 an hour, depending upon the professional and the services performed. Please call 317-571-3601 for more details.
> Do you require a retainer?
Yes - a retainer is required in all cases, but the amounts differ depending upon the type of services being performed. To the extent the amount charged for services exceeds the retainer at any given time, payment is expected in full at the time of service. Please call 317-571-3601 for more details.
> How can I make payment for services?
You can make payment by cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, or American Express. You can make payments by phone, by calling 317-571-3601.
Ready to schedule? Call 317-571-3601 or send an email to any of our Family Dispute Resolution professionals.