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How Mediation Works

Divorce

How does Mediation work for divorcing couples?

When couples are separating or divorcing, many decisions need to be made so that each of the parties can move forward in their life.  Whether a couple has been married a few years or many years, mediation can be a useful and cost effective way to work through the issues that must be addressed.

In divorce mediation, the parties voluntarily share information regarding all of their marital and non-marital assets, debts and income.  In mediation, the parties explore the possibility of a mutually agreeable division of their marital assets and debts, and resolution of any support issues between them. 

The Mediator prepares a Mediation Summary of Understanding to reflect the agreements reached by the parties in mediation.

Parties seeking a divorce will need to ask the Court to review and approve the agreements you reach in mediation.

Parenting Issues

How does Mediation work for families?

When families are in transition, many decisions need to be made so that the changes that are occurring can work for everyone, especially for the children.  Using mediation to work through these issues can be especially useful because in mediation parents can focus on the needs of their children. Every child is unique.   

Mediation gives parents the opportunity to create plans and schedules for their children which work for their individual and unique situation. 

Children benefit tremendously when their parents are able to jointly create parenting plans that work for their children. 

When parents are able to resolving their parenting issues, it may also reduce the level of conflict between the parents which benefits the children, too. 

Sometimes circumstances change over time, and parents find it useful to return to mediation to address new issues that have arisen.

The Mediator prepares a Mediation Summary of Understanding to reflect the agreements reached by the parties in mediation.

Parties seeking a divorce, or wanting to create a binding and enforceable parenting plan or modify one, will need to ask the Court to review and approve the agreements you reach in mediation.





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