Key Issues That We Will Discuss

This is just a small sample of topics that are discussed in your parenting mediation. Your mediator will guide you through a comprehensive process that not only includes the sample subject areas but through areas that are often left unaddressed and unresolved. Your final product will be a parenting agreement that is broad yet concise, covering not only what is contained in this partial list, but also the most challenging and conflict-stimulating areas of child-rearing.

TIME SHARING

  • Time spent with each parent
    • Day-to-day schedule
    • Summer vacation
    • Holidays
    • Child care
  • Relocating

CHILD SUPPORT

  • Calculation
  • Conditions of adjustment
  • How paid

EDUCATION

  • Areas of decision making authority
  • Parental involvement/records
  • College
    • Decisions
    • How funded?

PARENTAL COMMUNICATION, ETHICS, AND CHILD DISCIPLINE

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Vacations and travel – Permissions/notifications
  • Owning/operating firearms/cars/motorcycles/ATVs/boats
  • New parental partners and how they interact with your child

REAL ESTATE

  • Family residence
  • Rental Property
  • Vacation property – including timeshares
  • Business/Investment property

BUSINESS & RELATED

  • Asset values
  • Business valuations

DEBTS

  • Personal Loans
  • Credit card debts
  • Past taxes

MEDICAL AND INSURANCE

  • On whose policy do the children go
    • Health and hospitalization
    • Dental/Orthodontia
    • Vision
    • Mental health

SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE

  • Faith/denomination decision making
  • Do the kids attend services?

EXPENSES

  • Extracurricular activities
    • Areas of decision making authority
    • How activities are paid
  • Medical
    • Decisions – Who makes the “tough” decision?
    • Copays, co-insurance, prescriptions – how paid?
    • Orthodontist – how paid?

PERSONAL PROPERTY

  • Savings and bank accounts
  • Stocks, bonds, other securities and investment accounts
  • Government Pension Plans
  • Deferred Compensation Plans
  • IRAs, 401k, 403b
  • Stock Options, ESOPs
  • Tax refunds
  • Refunds due, amounts owed, back taxes
  • Life Insurance Value
  • Educational Accounts
  • Collectibles, art, firearms, jewelry
  • Club memberships, season tickets
  • Pets
  • Household Items/furniture
  • Vehicles – value, titling after assignment

SPOUSAL SUPPORT

  • Appropriateness –What are the future financial needs of each spouse?
  • How Paid
  • Amount
  • Duration
  • Circumstances when increased, reduced, suspended, terminated; one-time cash settlement