Over the past few months on this blog, I’ve covered many of the issues that we consider in mediation developing a parenting plan when a couple is planning to file for divorce.  My posts in this series have examined everything things such as how to decide medical questions,  why you need to file a financial statement, and how to make schedules for holidays for the children.  Along with resources such as the free forms from the West Virginia Supreme Court, these posts may help you decide whether or not you want to retain a lawyer, reach an agreement before you select a lawyer or file for divorce, or if you want to consider retaining collaborative lawyers.

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While I am concluding this series, you might still have questions.  What if you are not sure if mediation is right for you?  Maybe you don’t understand the difference between mediation and collaborative law? Perhaps you have questions because you are filing in DC, and most of the materials in this series addressed the law in West Virginia.

I am available to answer questions!  Every month, in each of my offices, I schedule an informational session where you may attend and ask any question you like about divorce, custody, child support, mediation and collaborative law.   The informal seminars are scheduled later in the afternoon, and while you must pre-register, there is no fee to attend.  During the session, a short informational presentation is followed by plenty of Q&A time.  You will be free to ask any question you like.  You may attend the session alone, with a friend, or with your spouse or partner.  This is your chance to learn!  Some of the topics that I address include:

  • What is the best schedule for children when their parents are divorcing?  How do parents decide what to do?
  • How does the state calculate child support?  Are parents required to include child support in an agreement?
  • How does the law operate to divide property when parties are divorcing?
  • Is it possible to keep legal costs down?
  • What is wrong with litigation?
  • What are some of the benefits of mediation?
  • What is a guardian ad litem for children? 
  • Do both parties have to agree on everything for a case to be collaborative?

What questions do you have?  Please join me at the next session so I can answer them for you.  Just sign in on my website and select the location that is best for you.   You may also contact me when you are ready to begin working with mediation or collaborative law.