Read through the process and watch some videos. They will give you a ton of information.
All appointments are 1 hour and 50 min in length. The remaining 10 min allows the mediator to recap the meeting and email you notes.
Step 1. Fill out the fillable Client Information Form and bring to the first appointment. The mediator will email them to you.
Step 2 . Documents Needed for Verification. The mediator will email you the PDF. Begin to gather these documents. You can either upload them to the Sharefile secure portal or bring them with you to an appointment. You will NOT NEED them for your first appointment. However, if you have them, bring them or upload them.
Step 3. Fillable PDF Settlement Worksheet. Begin to fill out and organize your assets and liabilities. This is helpful, but not necessary. If you have children, this can wait until your second appointment. If you do not have children, this can be very helpful at your first appointment.
IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN
Step 1. Complete the steps above. Focus on completing the Parenting Plan Worksheet emailed to you by the mediator. This is most important. Most parents want to start with the kids.
Step 2. Watch the VIDEO on Custody.
Step 3. Watch the VIDEO on Parenting Plans.
Step 4. Watch the VIDEO on Child Support.
Step 5. Mediation is a client-led process. If you have children, most parents wish to begin with a parenting plan. Others wish to begin with a decision that may be more pressing, such as separating and figuring out a new housing situation with the financial impact.
IF YOU DON’T HAVE CHILDREN
Step 1. Watch the VIDEO on Settlement.
Step 2. Watch the VIDEO on Spousal Support.
Step 3. If you have a business, watch the VIDEO on Divorce with a Business.
Step 4. Helpful, but not necessary, the Fillable PDF Settlement Worksheet filled out with your Assets and Liabilities.
Step 5. Bring any documents you have gathered with you or upload to the secure portal. You can email or call the office to request a link to the secure portal before your first appointment.
Step 6. Complete a projected personal budget. The mediator will send you a sample Excel Personal Budget Spreadsheet, or you can bring your own budget.
Step 1. Depending on the progress made in the first appointment, your mediator will give you any homework necessary for the second appointment and the agenda.
Step 2. If you have children, typically you will review the Parenting Plan constructed from your first appointment and begin the settlement process.
A.) Watch the VIDEO on Settlement.
B.) Watch the VIDEO on Spousal Support.
C.) Watch the VIDEO on Divorce with a Business
Step 3. If you do not have children, you will continue the discussion on settlement. During this appointment, spousal support may be discussed.
Step 4. You will need to either bring your documents needed for verification or upload them by this appointment.
Step 5. As part of the discussion surrounding spousal support and child support, we build cash flow budgets. Your mediator can send you a sample Excel Personal Budget Worksheet, or you can bring your own.
Step 1. Again, your mediator will give you notes from the previous appointment outlining any homework assigned and agenda for this session.
Step 2. For those with children, often Child Support and Spousal Support are the main topics of this appointment or needed discussion from the previous appointment.
Step 3. For those without children, this appointment continues any discussion from the previous appointment.
You review a Parenting Plan (if you have minor children) and a Mediated Settlement Agreement or Memorandum of Understanding. Once approved, you sign the documents. If you desire for Genesis to assist you in drafting your court documents, you sign an agreement allowing us to prepare them for you. Once drafting, you sign the court documents and either take to the courthouse orallow us to eFile on your behalf. If we file for you, our paralegal will notify you of the process with the courts.
There are no guarantees how long the mediation process may last. Three sessions of two hours each are common for those with children. Two sessions are common for those without. Your assets and liabilities may be more complex, thus needing more time and research. At the conclusion of mediation, you will receive a Mediated Settlement Agreement or Memorandum of Understanding. If you have children, you will receive a Parenting Plan. You attach these documents to the Pro Se documents needed for the courts, or have our paralegal or an attorney associated with Genesis complete your court documents.
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