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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

8 comments:

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...

Thank you for sharing this post. I found it very helpful and informative. Family law is a difficult area because of all the emotions involved in the cases, I have spent a good amount of time in family court in the Houston area. A friend referred me to a wonderful attorney, Marshall Davis Brown JR, who helped me through some tough times.

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VanRiperandNies said...

Nice checklist!

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.

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