On the parenting side, it can be helpful to start considering what type of parenting plan would work best for your family. Most parents share parenting time and need to factor in their children’s school and activities as well as their own work schedules. Because raising the kids in two homes is often a big change, it may also be useful to start wrapping your head around the idea of creating a new set-up. As a result, once divorce mediation begins you may feel more emotionally ready to find a way to develop a plan, keeping in mind that the focus must be on the best interest of your children.
For the financial plan, to get ready, you can start collecting your banking, investments, credit card, mortgage and tax statements, etc., so that you have a better idea of your assets and debts. We will come up with a plan for dividing everything fairly in mediation, but it can be useful to know what’s out there. Similarly, it is valuable to know where you are spending your money each month. Working on a budget will give you a better sense of how much income you will need to maintain your lifestyle after divorce.
In divorce mediation, we break down the process into small steps so that it is not overwhelming. We work together to create a fair plan that works for your family. Doing a little mental preparation and starting the legwork of gathering of financial documents may make you feel more prepared for moving forward.
For more information about divorce mediation, please contact Randi M. Albert, JD, or Michelle Weinberg, M. Ed., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, at Westfield Mediation, LLC, at 908.913.0373. View our website at www.westfieldnjmediation.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org