Mediation for Divorce & Separation
If you and your spouse are considering legal separation or divorce then you will need to decide what is best for both of you and most importantly, your children. Mediation is a neutral process in which you and your spouse will work through the issues you need to resolve so that the two of you can end your marriage as amicably and cost effectively as possible.
A goal of mediation is to manage and resolve conflict and to provide you with information that you will need to make fully informed decisions throughout the process. As your mediator, I strive to create a neutral and open environment and to assist you in balancing immediate concerns with longer term practicalities. Core issues covered in mediation include: distribution of property, child custody and parenting time, child support and spousal maintenance, retirement and taxes. The most common deliverable in mediation are a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that details your financial, legal and parenting decisions.
There are two mediation options – comprehensive and complementary. Comprehensive mediation is start to finish process in which you and your spouse reach a settlement agreement that is drafted and filed with the court. By contrast complementary mediation is an option for people who choose the more traditional route of each hiring their own attorneys but have specific areas that they would like to mediate – parenting is a common example of this.
Research has shown that families who use mediation for all or part of their divorce settlement process experience less conflict and that the children have stronger relationships with both of their parents when compared to families who use the more adversarial court driven process.
Every situation is a unique combination of personalities and history, you are welcome to contact me directly for more information and to determine if mediation is right for you and your family.