The Baroness - Consulting & Mediation, LLC

Divorce & Custody

Divorce –  No Drama

Deciding to divorce is bad enough. It doesn’t have to be emotionally and mentally devastating and financially crippling, though. It also doesn’t have to take what often seems forever or put the children in the middle, often with sad, long-term damaging consequences.

Essentially, divorce happens in 4 phases: Emotional, Social, Financial, and Legal. The Emotional Phase is the hard part in the beginning, when the reality of the impending divorce sets in, and the heartache starts. The Social Phase decides who gets the friends, which in-laws and other family members will be on whose side, where the parties may live, and who is “at fault.”

The Financial Phase is were it gets really complicated, and that’s where Baroness Juliane von Schmeling brings her education and experience and especially her MBA to full use employing her understanding of finances and spreadsheets, coming to swift, fair solutions for settlement agreements, support and other financial matters. There is no reason that a divorce should drive either party into bankruptcy or foreclosure or ruin either’s FICO credit scores.

Lastly, the Legal Phase  –  Nowadays, with the internet, the legal part in most divorces has been reduced to the printing and filing of standard forms, available at local office supply stores or downloaded from a website. These fill-in-the-blank forms are also available from many courthouses and from our firm free of charge. Most couples will never appear before a Master or a Judge, whether they both hire attorneys or use one mediator. But when that has to happen, The Baroness firm refers to competent family law attorneys for representation. The core of any larger divorce, though, the ‘Divorce or Property Settlement Agreement’ and/or ‘Custody Stipulation’ are generated through mediation by our firm and can be filed by the parties in their respective courthouses Pro Se (meaning on their own without attorneys) practically anywhere in the country.

Thus The Baroness firm takes the myth out of the divorce process that attorneys are required to start divorce proceedings and that only attorneys can file a divorce, when divorce is really no longer primarily a legal matter at all in the vast majority of cases, no matter where in the US.


Custody & Parenting Schedules

Because we have time for and expertise in the usual issues in custody and visitation cases, our custody agreements and our parenting schedules are generally more user friendly and detailed than those that can be obtained in court. All parties have input and we help create sensible agreements without the need to appear in court and fight it out. In the end it benefits everybody, but especially the children involved. The parents will be happy that the process only takes a few days or weeks and the cost is only a fraction of the usual disheartening fight in court.

Baroness Juliane von Schmeling, BS, MBA, EJD Baroness von Schmeling personally experienced that the adversarial legal system doesn’t always work so well in resolving custody and support disputes, as well as many other conflicts. As a result she looked for other solutions, and found mediation to be an excellent, user-friendly alternative form for conflict resolution. Things happen, and matters need to be resolved, but it doesn’t have to mean that disputes and divorces get drawn out for years and cost thousands upon thousands of dollars to resolve. She has decades of experience in resolving issues in the business environment and since 2006 has mediated many divorces and custody and support cases as well as other Alternative Conflict Resolution (ACR). She knows from experience that mediation works much faster and in practically all cases and is so much less expensive than the traditional forms of suing each other in a court of law. Best of all, the agreements she has worked out are in the end legally binding and enforceable, just like traditional court orders. But all parties had more of a chance for real input during the process, so naturally these agreements are usually longer lasting and not appealed. Baroness J. von Schmeling strives to create intelligent win-win solutions for all parties and has received many referrals in recent years from satisfied clients and industry professionals alike. She is a trained Mediator with Certificate, and has many other important, pertinent credentials such as an MBA in finance, studies in psychology, mental health, consumer research, and more. She also regularly attends continuing education seminars. Unlike many family law attorneys she has devoted her entire career to becoming a professional, goal-oriented mediator. Credentials Abitur - Wolfgang-Ernst-Gymnasium ’85 BS - Kings College (International Business, Psychology) ’89 MBA - Wilkes University (Marketing, Finance) ‘06 EJD - Concord Law School Mediator Certificate – IMA, AZ Various accreditations in Business, Mental Health, Psychology, Science, Social Media and Finance

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