Here is a separation and divorce mediation checklist for your use.
This Divorce Mediation Checklist lists common topics addressed by separating and divorcing couples. Click here for a PDF of this Mediation Checklist.
Access to Information & People: Educational and medical records related to the children; Teachers, doctors, etc.
Medical Emergencies: Decision-making, notification, legal consent
Daily Schedule: Children’s living arrangements for a typical week. When will children see each parent?
Holidays: Secular and religious holidays, birthdays, reunions
Vacations: Summer vacations, winter and spring breaks, understandings about travel
Transportation: Pick-up and drop-off arrangements
Parental Change of Residence: Notice requirements to other parent
Decision-making (“legal custody”): Major parenting decisions about education, medical treatment, religion, discipline, safety
Renegotiation: Periodic review of parenting plan, building in flexibility
Conflict Resolution: Structure for settling any future parenting disputes
DIVISION OF PROPERTY
Full Disclosure: Gathering, organizing, and sharing of financial information and documentation concerning assets and debts
Procedure for Division:
Identification of assets and debts
Marital or non-marital
Some Categories of Assets:
Investments, stocks, bonds, mutual funds
Retirement accounts (401(k), IRA, etc.)
Children’s college savings plans
Patents, royalties, stock options, etc.
Some Categories of Debts:
Bank loans (e.g., car loans)
Loans on life insurance or retirement
CHILD SUPPORT & ALIMONY
Budgeting: Children’s expenses and parents’ expenses
Income: Identifying all sources
Child Support: Calculating basic support level, school tuition, extraordinary medical expenses, childcare expenses, camp fees
Alimony: Amount, duration, and modification
Adjustments: Cost of living, changed circumstances
OTHER FINANCIAL ISSUES
Medical Insurance and Uninsured Expenses
College Tuition & Expenses
Joint or separate returns
Dividing refunds & liabilities