Below you will find various resources and general information regarding mediation and divorce mediation.
YOUR understanding of the terms concerning your situation is key to YOUR knowledge which will serve YOU well. If someone mentions a term you are not familiar with take the time to request an explanation in layman terms. Here is a list of many terms that you may encounter during the process (note these are interpretations and are not exact definitions).
THESE DESCRIPTIONS ARE NOT LEGAL OR FINANCIAL DEFINITIONS, BUT ARE FOR YOUR OVERALL UNDERSTANDING OF THE CONCEPTS.
Speaking with your spouse about Divorce and Mediation
No matter what each couple’s particular circumstances are that have led to the decision to part ways, approaching your spouse about your decision to have a divorce is unfamiliar territory, causing intense anxiety and stress.
3 Stages of Divorce
Most couples arrive at the Mediation office at two different points in the process. One is often further down the divorce road than the other, so communication and negotiations are not on even soil at the beginning. We would like for you to understand 3 important stages.
We know you did not get married to think one day you would be writing a divorce division plan. In fact it may make you so angry to even be looking at this page. But let us assure you this step is KEY in your divorce journey. There is an old proverb that says, “When there is no vision the people will fail.”
VISION PLANNING not only gives you a roadmap to define where you are at the beginning but where you want to be in a period of time. You can then refer to it often to see if you are staying the course.
Disclaimer: Mediation is NOT a substitute for legal advice. TC Mediators are not Attorneys, do not offer any legal advice, and do not act in the capacity of legal counsel. Attorneys can help their clients become educated about the laws of their state. Attorneys may be included in pieces of the mediation process (e.g., review of the Final Agreement and reduce it to legal language).
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