Mediation is the best way for many couples or ex-couples to make decisions about legal custody, physical custody, spousal support, and child support. If they are planning a divorce, they can also include property distribution in a Separation Agreement. The couple can develop and sign an agreement either before or after one of them moves out of the shared residence. Having a written agreement about how they are going to handle things protects both parties from certain legal risks and from much emotional turmoil. It also protects the children from the anxiety that comes from believing that your parents are fighting about you and not knowing what the future holds for you.
The completed, signed Separation Agreement can be incorporated into a court order if either party asks the court to do that.
The author, Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D., is a Professional Family Mediator certified by the Virginia Supreme Court. She is not an attorney. This article is for informational purposes only. Nothing here should be construed as legal advice. For a free consultation about whether family mediation would be helpful for you, contact Dr. Colin at mediatorQ@gmail.com or 703.864.2101.
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