At Collaborative Divorce Strategies, we can help mediate on the following financial topics:
- Distribution of Property (Assets and Liabilities)
- Child Support and Spousal Support (Alimony)
- Retirement Assets
- Current and Future Tax Strategies
The length of mediation varies widely - sometimes agreements come easy, sometimes they take time and a lot of negotiation, and sometimes, it results in the parties seeking alternative methods of resolution. It is the mediator's job to keep the lines of communication open, brainstorm ideas, reality-test the couple, teach empathy and assist the couple in their decision-making process. As mediators, we help keep the couple focused on the issues at hand, resulting in resolutions with less conflict, and helping them have buy-in to the outcome of their divorce. If necessary, Collaborative Divorce Strategies works with co-mediators to help settle other matters such as child custody and visitation matters.
Mediation is flexible and confidential, and the mediator is neutral and doesn't advocate for either party. What the mediator can do, though, is assist the divorcing couple in formulating ideas that can eventually lead to agreements that will stand the test of time. That open and free exchange of information frees up both spouses to negotiate with each other in confidence. Because both spouses are working with the same base of information, it usually takes far less time to negotiate a resolution that makes sense to both spouses.
Mediation is voluntary. It continues only for as long as all three of you – you, your spouse, and the mediator – want it to. This is your mediation and you decide everything in the process. Collaborative Divorce Strategies provides you the tools and information to make those decisions together, while analyzing various settlement scenarios from a financial standpoint.
Collaborative Divorce Strategies does not draft agreements or legal documents of any type. You must have a consulting attorney. You may also choose to have us co-mediate on the financial issues with an attorney mediator. Collaborative Divorce Strategies does not provide legal advice. You must understand your rights and obligations under the law in order to be a willing and able participant in a mediation process. Only an attorney can explain these rights and obligations completely.