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 which 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.
PARENTAL COMMUNICATION, ETHICS, AND CHILD DISCIPLINE
- Vacations and travel – Permissions/notifications
- Owning/operating firearms/cars/motorcycles/ATVs/boats
- New parental partners and how they interact with your child
- Family residence
- Rental Property
- Vacation property – including timeshares
- Business/Investment property
BUSINESS & RELATED
- Asset values
- Business valuations
- Personal Loans
- Credit card debts
- Past taxes
MEDICAL AND INSURANCE
- On whose policy do the children go
- Health and hospitalization
- Mental health
- Faith/denomination decision making
- Do the kids attend services?
- Extracurricular activities
- Areas of decision making authority
- How activities are paid
- Decisions – Who makes the “tough” decision?
- Copays, co-insurance, prescriptions – how paid?
- Orthodontist – how paid?
- 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
- Household Items/furniture
- Vehicles – value, titling after assignment
- Appropriateness –What are the future financial needs of each spouse?
- How Paid
- Circumstances when increased, reduced, suspended, terminated; one-time cash settlement