However, there was a time when a client started the process, knowing what was expected of them when it came to the finances. We were able to help them develop a parenting plan that addressed their children’s needs. Then when we moved onto the financial piece of the puzzle, it became quite clear that the husband’s actual income well exceeded his reported income. He made a lot of money and lived a very nice life style, even though he only reported to the IRS that he made $75,000, when his lifestyle reflected he made more like $375,000. Well that makes a big difference when it comes to how much you are expected to pay for child support. He got a little nervous when we pointed this out, but his wife got a lot nervous. She had signed the now apparent misguided tax returns too. She decided, per our suggestion, that perhaps she needed to see a lawyer and mediation was not going to work for them. She agreed and mediation stopped.
Divorce mediation is not a way to “get away” with hiding assets. We are not a party to illegal accounting. So, if it comes to light, we will suggest alternatives, other than mediation. But, if you are honestly engaged in the process, we are happy to help you with your divorce.
For more information about Divorce Mediation contact Randi M. Albert, JD, or Michelle Weinberg, LMFT, at Westfield Mediation, LLC, at 908.913.0373. View our website at www.westfieldnjmediation.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org