- In a mediated divorce both parties come together in good faith to cooperate and settle their dispute regarding the specifics of their divorce. Each of the parties concerns will be addressed and discussed with the mediator so that they can reach an agreement that both parties can agree with. You can have a say in how your marriage is going to end without the worry of an expensive, contested, litigated divorce.
- Traditional Divorce can be emotionally and financially devastating and hurtful to those that are involved, especially the children. In a litigated divorce, the judge will decide the outcome of child custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, property, finances and everything else a couple has built during their marriage. Both sides will argue their position, challenges that created the conflict will be brought up, secrets are exposed, tempers can flare, pain is inflicted, and someone wins, and someone loses!
- If you put aside strong emotions and cooperate you can manage the difficult issues of your separation with a calm and level head. It will pay off in the long run.
Modifications to Your Divorce
- Time can change things; children grow up, you move on with your life. It might be time to modify your divorce. The most common modifications are:
- Spousal support
- Child support
- Child custody
- In most cases a petition to modify a divorce decree can be filed with your divorce court as soon as one year after the Divorce Decree is granted.
CPS (Child Protective Services)
- Mediation for CPS cases are between the Parents, Attorneys, Casa, Grandparents, Guardians, and CPS.
Everyone involved in a CPS case has an opinion about what is in the best interest of the children and the parents. Participating in a mediation provides the opportunity for everyone’s opinions and concerns to be heard. Once all the parties have been heard and understood, a plan is developed that will provide the best opportunities moving forward for the Child/ren and all that are involved. Mediation gives everyone a voice in the decision before the judge makes a final decision.
Wills and Probate
- Choose mediation at the time of estate planning, in order to resolve issues that might arise later.
- Mediation focuses on a joint effort with those involved and is often a good fit for probate cases.
- Mediation is particularly useful when claims are not simply legal disputes but involve ongoing relationships between the families and friends.
- Mediatable issues can arise in almost any kind of case in the probate jurisdiction:
- Decedent’s estates
- Disputes arising from trusts between trustee and beneficiary
- Guardianships over minors or adults
- Conservatorships/protective proceedings