Saturday, September 29, 2012

Divorce/Separation Mediation Checklist

The following issues are often discussed in a mediation involving a separation or a divorce. Please bring any relevant information with you to the mediation to help with decisions (i.e., 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
  • Health insurance
  • Medical expenses not covered by insurance
  • Childcare expenses
  • Tax deductions
  • Life insurance beneficiaries
  • School/college expenses
  • Expenses for extras: activities, birthday parties, 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
  • Inheritance
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business
7. Other
  • Moving
  • Communication
  • Legal expenses
  • Resolving future disputes


Mikey Bravo said...

Family law is really complicated, and I don't think that people realize this until they have to hire a lawyer and work through it. It is difficult to switch weekends and birthdays. It is hard to share the summer. It is a dramatic switch to a different lifestyle for sure.

Jake Alexander said...

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Stacey Beck said...

This is really interesting, I have never viewed it from these sides before. My sister is going through a divorce right now and it is a lot of work. I think it would be such hard work to be a lawyer.

Paul Herman said...

My sister and her husband a filing for divorce at the moment. She's fighting for the house right now. Both of their names are on the contract, but she wants it so that she won't have to find a new place to stay. I think that she deserves to keep the house. I hope that she can find a lawyer to help her get what she wants out of the divorce.

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Jerry Krohn said...

If you are on civil terms with your soon to be ex-spouse, I would recommend mediation divorce! Chance are you will both benefit more in the end. Thank you for sharing such a helpful article, be prepared.