Divorce Mediation is a viable alternative for couples who have decided to terminate their marriage but want to do so in a collaborative rather than adversarial way. It is far less expensive than negotiations in which each side is represented by an attorney.
A divorce mediator is impartial. His or her job is to guide the couple through the often complex issues of divorce to achieve a fair settlement. Here is a sample of some of the matters that would be resolved:
- Equitable distribution of assets such as sale of a home, other real estate holdings, stock portfolios, etc
- Equitable distribution of credit card debts, loans, mortgages. etc.
- Childcare issues such as parenting schedules, school tuition, medical bills, etc.
- Child Support
- Medical Insurance
- Pensions and IRA’s
- Personal property
- Taxes and tax credits
Once the couple agrees that all matters have been resolved to their satisfaction, I will write up a stipulation of settlement. Each party can then have a lawyer vet this document if they so choose, and changes can be made at that time. The final settlement agreement will be given to a neutral attorney who will craft it into a document that will be filed with the court.