Firm gives couples option for cooperative divorce

The service offered by Cooperative Divorce Solutions is somewhere between an expensive, litigated divorce and a do-it-yourself split.
by Jennifer Palmer Modified: December 15, 2013 at 10:00 pm •  Published: December 15, 2013

Cooperative isn't a word frequently used to describe divorce. But a local firm is offering couples who want to split an option that is somewhere between battling it out in court and doing it themselves.

Cooperative Divorce Solutions takes on clients that aren't represented by attorneys, and helps them divide assets and work out child visitation outside of the courtroom. Mediators work to find an arrangement that satisfies everyone involved.

“You don't have to go the litigated route. You don't have to go the do-it-yourself route. There's this middle of the road option,” said Jaime Schultheis, one of the firm's mediators.

The arrangement worked well for Melissa Schrupp, who divorced this year.

“We first tried to file ourselves to save money, but we couldn't agree and I felt like I didn't know the law or my rights,” she said. Then, she hired an attorney, but the process slowed down and got more expensive.

“I researched mediators and found that might be the fastest and most peaceful and affordable solution,” she said.

The cost of a mediated divorce starts at $800, which is less than what an attorney would charge.

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by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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