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WHAT IS MEDIATION?
WHY MEDIATION CAN HELP?
HOW DOES MEDIATION WORK?
DIVORCE AND FAMILY MEDIATION SERVICES
Through mediation, parties reach a mutually agreed-upon divorce settlement agreement providing each party an equal opportunity to tell their story, share their needs, interests, and thoughts and come to a mutual agreement. The agreement covers a full range of topics: care and contact of the children, child and/or spousal maintenance, division of property, and any other issue that is relevant to the situation.
A parenting plan is a written agreement that outlines how parents will co-parent their children after separation or divorce. The content of the parenting plan is unique and consists of anything the parents feel necessary for the parenting plan. It focuses on living arrangements, contact and care, health and emotional well-being, maintenance, education, religion, discipline, and any other issue that is relevant to the situation.
Contact and care is not limited to arrangements such as primary or shared residency. Mediated contact and care discussions between the parents will have a unique outcome that is best suited for the parents and the emotional needs of the children. The emotional needs of the children and their feelings will be determined through “Voice of the Child” sessions.
The mother of a child, or a person who has parental responsibilities and rights in respect of the child, may enter into an agreement with any other person (biological father or grandparents) that has an interest in the care, well-being and development of the child.
The calculation of child maintenance is based on the maintenance calculation according to the maintenance court. Agreed child maintenance through mediation gives parents the opportunity to agree on a unique solution that is best for the children and the parents’ financial situation.
There are many factors to take into consideration when spousal maintenance needs to be calculated. The mediator assists the parties to come to a mutual agreement.