Need Some Space? Not Sure About Divorce?
Perhaps our full Divorce Mediation Services aren’t right for you. Maybe you’re just thinking about separating. Maybe you need some time and space to “figure things out.” Or you don’t think you can afford to get a divorce right now.
There’s no question that talking about separation and divorce is stressful. Managing your issues and looking forward is a tough conversation even when you are getting along. Sometimes, it may be better to deal with the minimum number of topics to set up a separation. Perhaps if you can reduce the number of topics to the barest minimum, you can give yourself some space to let emotions cool and conversations to become more productive.
Even if you’re only separating from your spouse, there are a number of questions you’ll want to think about:
- Do we need a written separation agreement to separate? How much detail do we need?
- Will we live “separately” but in the same house? Can we do an “in house separation”?
- If we live in separate homes, can we afford the expenses of a second home?
- How will the mortgages or rents be paid? Who will maintain the house and who will pay for it?
- How can we be sure the children are taken care of? When will each parent be with the children?
- Do we want to keep our assets jointly or separately? If some of our assets continue to be jointly owned, who’s going to manage our assets?
- What will we do with our paychecks? How will we cover the expenses? What credit cards will we each use?
All of these questions are important. But you and your spouse may have very different ideas on how they should be resolved. During separation mediation at Resolution Point, the right questions are asked, and we will explore a level of detail that’s appropriate for your situation. If it appears a written separation agreement is needed, we’ll help you create it.
Resolution Point Certified Divorce Financial Analysts™
If there is no equity in the house or “negative equity” because you owe more than its market value today, do you have the resources to pay for a second home? At Resolution Point, you’ll find out if you can afford a second residence before you commit to one. Whether you’re considering a divorce or separation, your separate living arrangements are often the first issue that needs discussion. And with Resolution Point’s Certified Divorce Financial Analysts™, you get a practical and comprehensive look at your different options.
Separation Mediation Sessions
If a final divorce is not your immediate goal, we can still help you identify issues and topics that need to be discussed as they relate to your separation and, along the way, we may even help reduce antagonism. Topics we may cover include:
- living arrangements
- parenting during the interim situation
- support needed for the spouses and for the children
Just like a mediation for a full divorce, we’ll have an orientation session and move through the topics relevant to your situation in a logical order and in a safe environment. We’ll talk about property separation only as much as necessary to handle the separation.
To learn more about Resolution Point’s separation mediation orientation session and the general organization of family mediation sessions, see Mediation Steps.
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Resolution Point offers remote mediation services at no extra charge when parties can’t be in the same room due to schedules or other conflicts:
- ▪ 4-way phone conference calling
- ▪ Video conferencing
- ▪ Internet connectivity which allows parties to watch everything remotely on their computer screen as it’s happening in our office.
WHAT OTHERS SAY
“I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the wonderful job you did … dealing with my mediation. As I’m sure you must have realized, I was thrilled with the outcome. … As you know, I had never been through a mediation before, and I was in awe of what seemed to me to be the masterful way you handled it. … [Y]our down-to-earth, … kindly manner, during the mediation also made me feel more relaxed than I had expected to be. You asked the pertinent questions that needed to be asked and commented in a gentle way…. I was also doubtful that the matter could be resolved during the [time] set aside for it, but you kept the process moving so well that, lo and behold, we did get a result within that time. … So again — thank you.”