Testimonials

Easier In the Mess

It was exactly as I expected based on what I researched on your website. I felt very cared for and supported by both Amy and Jim even though they remained impartial throughout the process. Definitely made it easier to get through the mess of it all. Thank you so much!!

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Paving the Way

My husband and I tried for a long time to make things work between us and decided to divorce as a last resort.  It was very difficult and I wish it would have worked out for us to stay together.

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Gifted Communicators

Jim and Amy are gifted communicators. Their calm, reassuring, and knowledgeable demeanor repeatedly diffused a stressful situation. Though the circumstances of our meeting are much less than ideal, I’m thankful for the opportunity to work with them.

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Confidence In Avoiding the Courts and Costs

Emotional and financial costs of divorce can be very high. When deciding on the right path for us to take when we knew our marriage needed to end, high on our list was to not expose our children to the courts. Equally high on the list was to avoid huge legal expenses that would consume family resources needed for our children. Since we agreed on priorities and most issues, we considered mediation as an option that seemed to benefit both us and our children.

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Peace and Equity Through Mediation

When it became clear that getting a divorce was unavoidable, I was pained when I reviewed options available to me. Our children were adults. I didn’t understand all of the details regarding our finances. I was fearful about my future financial security. I knew in my heart that I wanted to be fair but I needed to do my best to assure I could take care of myself financially later. Should I get an attorney? That thought made me sick. It would be so out of character for both of us to do that. It was a painful and frightening experience.

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Easier Said Than Done

When HFM asked me to report back how I was doing after they had mediated my divorce, I was apprehensive.  I didn’t want to think about or discuss it.  It was over and I wanted it behind me.

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I Never Dreamed It Could Turn Out This Well

After much discussion, my husband and I made the decision to divorce. Our goal from the beginning was to remain not only civil to one another, we wanted to be able to like and respect each other when the process was behind us.

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No One Enters Marriage Expecting Divorce

No one ever enters marriage thinking they will end up getting divorced, and the same was true for me. When my husband told me he wanted a divorce, my first thought was, “I don’t want this to be ugly.”  I immediately called Jim Johnson knowing he was a mediator. After that conversation I talked with my ex-husband about using mediation and we agreed to try that path versus using attorneys.

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Navigating a Divorce

In addition to being emotionally gut wrenching, divorce is by definition financially ruinous.  My brother recently lost close to 25% of his net worth to lawyers insisting they were “making sure” their clients were properly represented.  In the end, the court made an equitable division that had nothing to do with all the legal posturing they paid for.  The experience of my brother shaped my opinions about what was ahead for me and my now ex-wife when we decided to divorce.

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Working With Us Through the Process of Divorce

Working with us through the process of divorce, Jim took a very negative experience and turned it into as much as a positive as could be expected.  My ex and I did not like the idea of working with expensive attorneys and dragging things out, and the possibility of being up against each other in court, was quite frankly, scary.

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Maintaining a Friendship

When I was contemplating divorce, I needed as much information as I could to help me understand what that would really mean to me – in all facets of my life.  So one of my steps was to have a consultation with a lawyer.  As I sat listening to her talk about putting our whole lives into a “pot” and dividing it up, and continually referring to how much she could “get” me, I was overwhelmed.  It seemed so complicated and adversarial.  While I knew I wanted to end my marriage, I did not want to ruin the chance for us to salvage at least a friendship out of our 22 year together.

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Doing Things Right

Dealing with emotions in divorce can be complicated and confusing and this was so true in our divorce.

In the fall of 2011 we met with Jim Johnson at Heartland Family Mediators to work out issues to end our marriage. Our two children at the time were ages 6 and 3. Our marriage had included some unproductive anger that was not good and divorce, sadly, was the alternative we chose.

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Seeing the Big Picture

I admit to having concerns prior to the first meeting with the staff at Heartland Family Mediators. After that first meeting both of us left feeling their services would be exactly what we needed.

The Heartland method is centered on finding peace and not conflict. I am convinced that focus alone saved us both significant emotional anguish and certainly many thousands of dollars in attorney fees. At the same time the method gave each of us room to maneuver. It allowed us to accomplish all of our goals in the divorce settlement and to accomplish them on our own terms.

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Relentless Focus on Collaboration

Facing divorce at age 57 was the most difficult situation of my life. Fear, heartbreak, not knowing where to turn or what to do – that was me. After doing online research I contacted Heartland Family Mediators and spoke at length with Jim Johnson. Following that conversation I discussed mediation with my then husband as a possible path for us to follow and we agreed to meet with Jim.

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Common Sense to Both Sides of Our Arguments

I came to Heartland Family Mediators lost and frustrated with my relationship with my son’s mother.  We agree on nothing and I saw no light at the end of the tunnel.  I felt like there was no way for us to come to any agreement and that I would wind up spending thousands of dollars on a lawyer and many hours dealing with the court system to try and resolve our conflicts.

D.

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Something We Could Both Live With

When we were going through our divorce, things got bad quickly.  They seemed to remain that way forever,  almost as if time had stopped.  Our attorneys seemed to think of themselves as warriors.  I mean, they were out of control.  To this day I cannot tell if they even liked each other.

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I’m a Single Mom Now, And I’m OK

Facing the need for an end to my marriage was the most difficult decision of my life. Finances were not my only concern but they had been weighing heavily on me for a long time. My husband was financially successful. But trust had evaporated in our marriage. I had to do something.

L.

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Time to Move Forward

I would wholeheartedly recommend Jim Johnson without reservation.  When my ex and I realized that marriage counseling wasn’t working out, we knew it was time to move forward with the frightening process of divorce.  The idea of working with attorneys, and the possibility of my ex and I being up against each other in court, in addition to the financial costs associated with 2 separate attorneys, was not something I wanted for my family and children to have to endure.  My sole focus was to get through all of this without affecting the well-being and happiness of my children.

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I Was Questioning My Every Decision

I never would’ve guessed when my husband and I sat down with Jim Johnson back in the spring of 2010 to discuss insurance policy options, that he would ultimately play an integral role in my life.

Let me take a step back. The way that Jim Johnson came in to my life the first time was when I was looking at insurance needs for my family. My husband and I had two beautiful baby boys, 1 ½ and 2 ½ at the time, and we needed to make sure we were looking out for our future. I was actually referred to Jim by a woman who had worked for our company for many years and I had also heard him mentioned as highly reputable time and again so I decided to reach out to him for options.

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Working With Us Through the Process of Divorce

Working with us through the process of divorce, Jim took a very negative experience and turned it into as much as a positive as could be expected.  My ex and I did not like the idea of working with expensive attorneys and dragging things out, and the possibility of being up against each other in court, was quite frankly, scary.

We just wanted to get through the process as amicably as we could and for it to have as little an impact on our kids as possible.  Jim was able to help us put our difference by helping to stay focused on what matters most, our 2 children and their well being.  He made us both feel very comfortable throughout the process by listening to each of our concerns, remaining impartial and fair, and giving us unbiased advice.  He was very good about communicating with us throughout the process and helping us put our differences aside.

He provided all of the necessary documents that we needed to file and walked us step-by-step through the process.  I think Jim did an excellent job and I would highly recommend him to anyone facing the same difficult issues.

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Heartland Family Mediators

5347 N College Avenue, #109
Indianapolis, IN 46220 USA
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317-251-3589
info@heartland-mediators.com

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