Decisions Made In Divorce Mediation

Parenting Decisions
  • Sole custody and decision making by one parent
  • Joint decision making but reside mostly with one parent
  • Split residency and joint decision making
  • Activities needing mutual consent or discussion
  • Weekends
  • Weekdays
  • Holidays and Long Weekends
  • School Recesses
  • Summer Vacations
  • Birthdays: Yours and Theirs
  • Other Special Occasions
  • Notice of Changes
  • Expenses of Missed Times
  • Telephone Calls
  • Foreign Travel
  • Relocating with Children
  • Doctors, Dentists, etc.
  • Schools and Teachers
  • Addresses and Phone Numbers
  • Illnesses and Accidents
  • Children's Whereabouts
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Equitable Distribution Decisions
  • Who Occupies Until Sale?
  • Who Pays Expenses Until Sale?
    • Mortgage
    • Taxes
    • Utilities
    • Insurance
    • Repairs
  • Sale of House
    • Timing of Sale: Age, Graduation of Children, Remarriage, Cohabitation
    • Selling Price: How to Determine?
    • Division of Proceeds
    • Tax Escrow and Tax Adjustments
    • Option to Buy
    • Expenses of Sale
    • Capital Gains Tax
  • Buy-Out: Price, Payment Terms
  • Mortgage: Refinance
  • Valuation
  • Division of Value: Lump Sum, Pay-out, Both
  • Valuation
  • Division of Value: Lump Sum, Pay-out, Both
  • Cars
  • Boats
  • Jewelry
  • Collectibles
  • Bank Accounts
  • Stocks, Bonds, Tax Shelters, etc.
  • Household Furniture
  • Family Photographs
  • Who is to Pay
  • Credit Cards
  • Car Loans
  • Bank Loans
  • Pension Loans
  • Life Insurance Loans
Support Decisions
  • Amount
  • Time of Payment
  • Amount of Reduction on Emancipation or Attending College
  • Emancipation: College, Marriage, Living Away, Employment
  • Cost of Living Adjustments
  • Child Care Expenses for Working
  • College or Private School Tuition
  • Summer Camp / Activities
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Who Provides Insurance?
  • Who Pays Uncovered Expenses?
  • Decisions on Elective Procedures, including Orthodontia
  • Who Files for Insurance?
  • Dental, Prescriptions, Eyeglasses, Psychotherapy Expenses?
  • Who Provides Insurance?
  • Who Pays Uncovered Expenses?
  • Decisions on Elective Procedures
  • Dental, Prescriptions, Eyeglasses, Psychotherapy Expenses?
  • COBRA Rights and Cooperation
  • Amount
  • Type
  • Beneficiary
  • Trustee for Children
  • Duration
  • Amount
  • Time of Payment
  • Duration: Number of Years, Remarriage, Cohabitation
  • Cost of Living Adjustment
Other Decisions
  • Exemptions for Children
  • Joint or Separate Return and Division of Refunds
  • Audits of Previous Returns and Payment of Deficiency
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Legal Fees
  • Grounds for Divorce: Fault or No-Fault
  • Plaintiff: Husband or Wife?
  • Timing of Divorce
  • Religious Divorce
  • Wills
  • Statement of Net Worth
  • Income Tax Returns
  • Pay Stubs
  • Bank Statements
  • Pension Statements
  • Budget Worksheets