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Profile of a Divorce Mediation

Divorce mediation is an enlightened way to resolve financial and parenting issues when couples make the difficult wrenching decision to separate and divorce. The cooperative mediation approach seeks to minimize an adversarial process; a skilled mediator helps people center on the children’s best interests and to decide on allocation of marital assets and liabilities, family finances, and other issues that will become the basis for a formal separation agreement or a divorce document.

Advantages of Mediation
  • Saves time and money
  • Cooperative parenting
  • Restructures family finances
  • Avoids trauma of litigation
  • Reflects your agreements

Issues Covered in Mediation
  • Parenting plan
  • Equitable property division
  • Child support
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Medical insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Tax filing
  • Basic financial planning

Cost
  • Can be far less than cost of litigation
  • Fees are on a sliding scale based on income

Who is in Control?
You are in control of decisions!

Amount of Time it Takes
  • If there are children, about 4-6 hours
  • If no children, about 3-4 hours
  • Parties determine when to meet
  • Can be completed in a matter of weeks

Attorney's Role
  • Each party may have own attorney
  • Attorney may be consulted at any time
  • The parties may use one neutral attorney
  • Moderate rates if agreement is mediated
  • No litigation or court appearance
  • Attorney does not dictate outcome

What Happens When the Mediation is Completed and All Issues Covered?

A Memorandum of Understanding is prepared containing the decisions you have made. It is then submitted, after your review, to your respective attorneys, if any, or to a neutral attorney who will complete the required divorce/separation forms at a reasonable fee.


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