What to Expect
During our initial meeting, we discuss your immediate and long-term financial needs, concerns, goals and objectives.
We identify your property, debts, income, and expenses along with potential tax, insurance, retirement, and other financial issues.
We provide personalized schedules and reports to help you evaluate your options and consider potential long-term consequences of all proposed settlements.
We meet with you to evaluate reports, answer questions, and make revisions.
We provide information and advice to help you make prudent, workable decisions.
We work with you, your attorneys, and other advisors, as needed.
Knowing that financial planning does not end when the divorce is final, we monitor the transfer of property and offer education and advice related to the financial issues of your divorce.
You and your spouse will meet with an experienced divorce financial mediator who will serve as a neutral third party to help you resolve property division, support and other financial related issues. The goal is to come to an agreement that can be incorporated into your final settlement agreement.
We facilitate an open and free exchange of information, focused on problem solving. This reduces conflict, frees up both parties to negotiate with each other in confidence, and models future cooperative behavior — an important objective when children are involved. Couples are generally more willing to comply with the terms of a solution they have drawn up themselves rather than one that has been dictated to them.
Since both parties are working with the same base of information, it usually takes far less time to negotiate a settlement.
Unlike a judge, the mediator does not make decisions for you. Instead, he or she will help you explore alternatives. The aim is for you and your spouse to reach solutions tailored to the specific needs and objectives of you and your family.
We recommend that each party hire a consulting attorney to advise you during the process, review the preliminary agreement and assist with preparation and filing of all legal documents. You may also choose to have your attorney accompany you to your mediation sessions. Your consulting attorney will make sure you that you fully understand all of the legal implications of your final Settlement.
If an agreement cannot be reached, you always have the option to litigate your divorce. The mediation process you have gone through remains confidential, and your mediator cannot be called to testify in court, if you choose to litigate after mediation.