Mediating a divorce settlement helps protect couples from the destructive effects of an adversarial divorce. For couples with children, mediation helps them separate their spousal role, which is ending, from their parenting role, which is continuing. Our divorce mediators help our clients to:
Our mediators provide couples with a written Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which includes all of the pertinent decisions agreed upon by the divorcing couple. This MOU serves as the blueprint for a Separation Agreement to be filed in court. We work with a number of mediation-friendly attorneys who can prepare all the necessary final documents for you, as needed.
Sometimes divorced parents face financial issues or parenting concerns that cause conflict after the divorce. Rather than turning to the courts for resolution, divorced parents often use mediation to help them explore options while working within the structure of the divorce decree. By improving communication and developing an understanding of each person’s needs, ex-spouses can reach durable agreements that meet their interests and those of their children.
Married couples sometimes face serious problems in their marriage. They know things are not working but don’t know what they want to do. They may not be interested in couples counseling but need a forum to address their conflicts and make decisions. Marital mediation provides just that. The issues discussed in marital mediation can include simple things (such as who pays the bills or who does the laundry) along with complex financial issues or difficult discussions about divorce or re-committing to staying married. In marital mediation, couples talk with our mediators about their situation with a view to developing working solutions. Our experienced marriage and divorce mediators can help couples put their agreements into a written document which can, if desired, be turned into a legal contract.
When concerns surrounding eldercare, finances, housing, safety, or estates turn into complicated decisions and even divisive family conflicts, our experienced elder mediators can help facilitate discussions about each family members’ views along with their changing needs and roles. These family meetings address the issues important to those involved and may include concerns related to driving, caregiver burnout, daily living and assistance needs, estate planning and inheritances. In this highly specialized field of mediation, we pay particular attention to the needs of the senior and we often work with adult siblings who live far from one another, and who may disagree on one or many issues. Family discord is particularly challenging, and we find that clients who are motivated to participate in mediation can reap benefits which may positively impact several generations.
For issues related to elders, caregiving, trusts and estates, please visit the website of our elder mediation division, Elder Decisions®, at www.ElderDecisions.com.