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March 2017 (4)

Blog Category: Divorce Mediation

Dealing with Financial Issues in Mediation

Categories: Divorce Mediation

After years of marriage it is not uncommon for separating couples to have a broad and diverse financial picture and for one spouse to have a better understanding of that financial picture. In mediation, the entire financial picture is placed on the table. As in the rest of the mediation, both spouses are present for the financial information sharing process where source financial documents are reviewed together with me. Often the financial information sharing process also becomes an educational process where the assets and liabilities are described and explained to each other. I  help guide the information and explanation process – this can be a challenging time for both the spouse who is familiar with the finances as well as the one who isn’t. Spouses are then in a position to create, review, and consider options that make the most sense for their future and that put their available resources to best use.


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How Mediation Creates Fair Agreements

Categories: Divorce Mediation

How can mediation solve a problem where one spouse sees it one way and the other sees in entirely differently? If there’s no agreement, you might think that mediation won’t work. On the contrary, mediation works especially well when agreement seems impossible. 


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Protecting Your Rights in Mediation

Categories: Divorce Mediation

In mediation, issues that have specific legal guidelines, like child support, will be calculated just as they would be in court (but it's important to know that statutory child support calculations are guidelines - and even though a judge could impose the guideline amount on a spouse, in mediation the couple retains control over the amount of child support). The other issues are completely open for the couple to decide. Unlike a mediator who hears from both spouses, an attorney only hears one side. Attorneys are used to working in a court environment and tend to be limited by what a court might decide. But the needs of your family don't fit into predetermined court-oriented shapes. Customized arrangements can be created in mediation that judges simply do not have the flexibility to come up with - and they'd be the first to tell you. 


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Mediation: It's Legally Binding

Categories: Divorce Mediation

In Virginia, under Virginia Code, a signed mediation agreement is binding and enforceable in the same manner as any other written contract. In mediation, divorcing couples create their own customized, mutually acceptable agreements rather than subject themselves and their children to decisions imposed by a judge.


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