Family Mediation Process
Before deciding if mediation is right for your family, it's important to find an unbiased, trained professional with whom you both feel comfortable. This is why we offer a free 30-minute consultation with both parties where we will explain the mediation process and answer any questions.
Gather Financial Documents
We recommend preparing for mediation by gathering financial documents. Your mediator will review required documents with you at your first mediation session, but it's not a bad idea to start gathering a few things ahead of time. Some examples of documents needed are: bank statements, 401k and IRA statements, mortgage statements, credit card and other debt statements.
Mediation sessions will take place for approximately 90 minutes with usually two weeks between sessions. An agenda will be set for each of these sessions as we cover several key areas of discussion: parenting time, equitable distribution, spousal support and other items. Your mediator helps facilitate the process of addressing all of these issues while you, the client, makes the decisions. Your mediator is there to provide structure, motivate the process, assist with information and financial support, and aid in understanding and negotiations if things get stuck.
During the mediation process, it is the job of your mediator to take notes on agreements and bring up any additional unaddressed items. Your mediator will write up a detailed memorandum of understanding which covers all of the areas necessary for legal divorce. This document is non-binding but will provide the basis for a marital settlement agreement. We advise our clients to work with an attorney once the memorandum is complete and the attorney will formalize the settlement agreement and file the divorce documents in court. We can provide you with several mediation-friendly attorneys who we work with to finalize this process.