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.).

  1. Parenting Arrangements:
    • Legal custody (who makes major decisions about the children regarding education, religion, and major healthcare issues)
    • Physical custody (the times the children will spend with each parent)
    • Communication (between parents, between parents and children)
  2. Spousal Support and Expenses:
    • Spousal Support
    • Health insurance
    • Life insurance
    • Pension plans
    • Educational expenses
    • Housing expenses
    • Legal expenses
  3. Child Support and Expenses:
    • Child support
    • 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
  4. Equitable Distribution of Property:
    • 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
  5. Other:
    • Moving
    • Communication
    • Legal expenses
    • Resolving future dispute