Checklist of Issues Often Discussed During Mediation

The following issues are often discussed in a mediation involving a separation or a divorce. Please bring any relevant information with you to the mediation to help with decisions (i.e., information regarding bills, debts, value of assets, retirement plans, insurance, etc.).

Parenting Arrangements:

  1. Legal Custody(who makes major decisions about the children regarding education, religion, and major healthcare issues)
    1. Physical Custody(the times the children will spend with each parent)
    • Weekdays
    • Weekends
    • Childcare plans
    • Extracurricular activities
    • Holidays
    • Birthdays
    • Summers
    • Extended vacation times
    • Travel plans
    • Temporary changes to plan
    1. Communication (telephone, email)
    • Between parents
    • Between parents and children
    1. Spousal Support and Expenses:
    • Spousal Support: amount; method; time
    • Health insurance
    • Life insurance
    • Pension plans
    • Educational expenses
    • Housing expenses
    • Legal expenses
    1. Child Support and Expenses:
    • Child support: amount; method; time
    • Health insurance
    • Medical expenses not covered by insurance
    • Childcare expenses
    • Tax deductions
    • Life insurance beneficiaries
    • School/college expenses
    • Expenses for extras: activities, birthday parties, non-essential items
    1. Equitable Distribution of Property: 
    • Determine value of assets and liabilities
    • House/property
    • Property expenses (mortgage, utilities, taxes)
    • Household furnishings
    • Motor vehicles (payments, insurance, expenses)
    • Savings/checking accounts
    • Investments/stocks
    • Credit card and other consumer debt
    • Personal debt
    • Insurance (cash value)
    • Tax refunds or payments due
    • Inheritance
    • Bankruptcy
    • Business
    1. Other
    • Moving
    • Communication
    • Legal expenses
    • Resolving future disputes

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