Separation and Divorce Mediation

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Mediation is offered at Embrace Psychological Services for families in their transition through separation/divorce. Mediation is an Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) process where a neutral third party (the mediator) assists former partners/co-parents with resolving issues relating to their separation/divorce. It is a voluntary, non-adversarial and cost effective process and parties are encouraged to collaborate in order to reach mutual agreements.

Topics addressed in mediation include:

  • Parenting Plans
  • Child Support
  • Division of Property (financial separation of debts, assets, etc.).
  • Adult Interdependent/Spousal Support

Steps in Mediation:

Step 1: Pre-mediation: the mediator meets with each party to screen for fit, identify topics for mediation and review the consent form.

Step 2: Joint mediation: the mediator meets together with both parties. The Agreement to Mediate is reviewed and signed (in the initial joint session) and we mediate the issues identified.

Step 3: Writing of the Memorandum: the mediator writes a report of the agreements reached by the parties. This report is non-binding. The parties may take this document to a lawyer if they choose to make it legally binding.

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