Case Conclusion Date: April 4, 2011
Practice Area: Divorce / Separation
Outcome: Parties with thoughtful consideration reached a mutual agreement as to all matters pertinent to their divorce. A separation agreement and all other essential legal court documents were prepared.
Description: A couple married for over 12 years with two children, ages 7 and 9 decided to divorce. They had a single family home, retirement accounts, jointly held banking and investment accounts and debt of approximately $25K (incurred together). The parties choose to mediate their divorce because they wanted to proceed in an amicable fashion and preserve the family unit going forward. They cooperatively participated in the mediation sessions. After identifying shared goals, common interests and concerns and then looking at their respective monetary needs both now and in the future, we were able to educate them as to Massachusetts divorce law, and help guide them through the process of being able to generate options that would work for them individually and as a family unit going forward. They were able to come to a mutual agreement concerning custody (legal and physical), a parenting schedule, child support, how college and its associated expenses would be handled in the future, health insurance and life insurance matters and an equitable division of assets including what they would do with the marital home with specific details. The couple was very pleased with the way they were able to maintain control over how their issues were resolved and be able to keep it out of the hands of the court. They even agreed that should disagreements arise in the future, they would participate in mediation again.