Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Divorce Mediation Checklist

The following issues are often discussed in a mediation involving  separation or divorce. Please bring any relevant information with you to the mediation to help with  making an informed decision (information regarding bills, debts, value of assets, retirement plans, insurance, etc.).
Parenting Arrangements:

1. Legal Custody (who makes major decisions about the children regarding education, religion, and major healthcare issues)
2. Physical Custody (the times the children will spend with each parent)
  • Weekdays
  • Weekends
  • Childcare plans
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Holidays
  • Birthdays
  • Summers
  • Extended vacation times
  • Travel plans
  • Temporary changes to plan
3. Communication (telephone, email)
  • Between parents
  • Between parents and children
4. Spousal Support and Expenses:
  • Spousal Support: amount; method; time
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Pension plans
  • Educational expenses
  • Housing expenses
  • Legal expenses
5. Child Support and Expenses:
  • Child support: amount; method; time (Virginia Child Support Guidelines)
  • Health insurance
  • Medical expenses not covered by insurance
  • Childcare expenses
  • Tax deductions
  • Life insurance beneficiaries
  • School/college expenses
  • Expenses for extras: activities, birthday parties, lessons,  non-essential items
6. Equitable Distribution of Property:
  • Determine value of assets and liabilities
  • House/property
  • Property expenses (mortgage, utilities, taxes)
  • Household furnishings
  • Motor vehicles (payments, insurance, expenses)
  • Savings/checking accounts
  • Investments/stocks
  • Credit card and other consumer debt
  • Personal debt
  • Insurance (cash value)
  • Tax refunds or payments due
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business
7. Other
  • Moving
  • Communication
  • Legal expenses
  • Resolving future disputes


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