Separation Mediation and Divorce Mediation
Couples who have made a final decision to separate and/or divorce often can use some assistance in sorting everything out. This may take the form of separation mediation or divorce mediation.
Unmarried couples who decide to separate often have the same co-parenting and financial issues to resolve as a couple that is divorcing. I have successfully provided separation mediation for many couples in this situation. Separation mediation can have the same benefits as divorce mediation. The process in separation mediation is essentially the same as in divorce mediation.
The majority of my practice is divorce mediation. I help couples accomplish their divorce in a calm, respectful, well-informed and empowered way that is as amicable as possible. This applies whether nothing is yet resolved or you have already reached agreement on just about everything and just need some help making sure it is complete and writing it up. I have also helped married couples obtain a legal separation, which is very similar to a divorce.
After 50 Divorces
Twenty-five years ago, people above the age of 50 accounted for just 1 in 10 divorces. Now it’s about 1 in 4. Divorce is difficult at any age, but for people over 50 it can raise particularly serious concerns about financial security. The closer you are to retirement, the less ability you have to recoup the financial losses that normally accompany divorce. At the same time, couples over 50 often have accumulated significantly more financial resources than younger couples and the equitable division of these is often complicated. As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, I am particularly well suited to mediate these divorces.
The collaborative divorce process is much more expensive than mediation and therefore it is not commonly used. In collaborative divorce, each party is represented in negotiations by a lawyer who agrees to withdraw if a settlement is not reached and the matter needs to be resolved in court. Typically these negotiations occur without using a mediator, although one may be used. I am available to work in this capacity.
As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA), I am available to serve in collaborative divorce sessions as a financial and/or tax specialist. I can help ensure all financial and tax issues are understood and carefully considered for the short term and long term.
Sometimes busy schedules or geographic distance makes it very difficult to get everyone together for mediation sessions. In these cases we can make use of videoconferencing and other on-line tools to move the mediation forward. I can work with you to create a customized mediation process that will best meet your needs.
Most couples that I provide with divorce mediation and separation mediation are located in Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Claremont, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Pomona, Chino Hills, Diamond Bar, Walnut, West Covina, Covina, Arcadia, Monrovia or Azusa.