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Getting Started

Read through this process and watch the videos. They will give you a ton of information.

Your First Appointment

All appointments are 1 hour and 50 minutes in length.
The remaining 10 minutes allows your mediator time to recap the meeting and email you notes.

Client Intake Form

Download the fillable Client Intake Form and either email or bring to your first appointment.

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Documents Needed for Verification

Download the Documents Needed For Verification. Begin to gather these documents. You can either upload them to the Sharefile secure portal or bring them with you to an appointment. You will NOT NEED them for your first appointment. However, if you have them, bring them or upload them.

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Assets and Liabilities

Download the Excel spreadsheet to organize your Assets and Liabilities. This is helpful, but not necessary. If you have children, this can wait until your second appointment. If you do not have children, this can be very helpful at your first appointment.

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If you have children:

Parenting Plan Worksheet

Download the Parenting Plan Worksheet,
fill it out, and bring it with you.

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Parenting Plan

Mediation is a client-led process. If you have children, most parents wish to begin with a parenting plan. Others wish to begin with a decision that may be more pressing, such as separating and figuring out a new housing situation with the financial impact.

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Custody

Watch the video on Custody.

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Parenting Plans

Watch the video on Parenting Plans.

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Child Support

Watch the video on Child Support.

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If you don’t have children:

Assets and Liabilities Worksheet

Helpful, but not necessary, the Excel spreadsheet filled out with your assets and liabilities.

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Secure Portal

Bring any documents you have gathered with you or upload to the secure portal. You can email or call the office to request a link to the secure portal before your first appointment.

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Settlement

Watch the video on settlement.

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Spousal Support

Watch the video on Spousal Support.

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Divorce with a Business

If you have a business, watch the video on Divorce with a Business.

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Your second appointment:

Homework

Depending on the progress made in the first appointment, your mediator will give you any homework necessary for the second appointment and the agenda.

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Review

If you have children, typically you will review the Parenting Plan constructed from your first appointment and begin the settlement process. Please Review the videos on Settlement, Spousal Support, and if you have a business, the Divorce with a Business video.

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Topics of Discussion

If you do not have children, you will continue the discussion on settlement. During this appointment, spousal support may be discussed.

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Documents Needed

You will need to either bring your documents needed for verification or upload them by this appointment.

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Cash Flow Budgets

As part of the discussion surrounding spousal support and child support, we build cash flow budgets. You can download an excel spreadsheet or use your own budget software.

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Your third appointment:

Recap

Again, your mediator will give you notes from the previous appointment outlining any homework assigned and agenda for this session.

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Circling Back

For those with children, often Child Support and Spousal Support are the main topics of this appointment or needed discussion from the previous appointment.

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Continued Discussions

For those without children, this appointment continues any discussion from the previous appointment.

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There are no guarantees how long the mediation process may last. Three sessions of two hours each are common for those with children. Two sessions are common for those without. Your assets and liabilities may be more complex, thus needing more time and research. At the conclusion of mediation, you will receive a Mediated Settlement Agreement or Memorandum of Understanding. If you have children, you will receive a Parenting Plan. You attach these documents to the Pro Se documents needed for the courts, or have our paralegal or an attorney associated with Genesis Mediation complete your court documents. 

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