Families with children have a lot of issues revolving around the children. What is the Parenting Plan? When are the children at Mom's house? When are they at Dad's house? What happens on vacations or on holidays are even more difficult. But, the hardest one may just be the decision of where the children are on the child's birthday.
What is the proper amount of child support? How is it paid? When is it paid? Is there Joint Custody? If not, and there is Sole Custody, what arrangements need to be made for visitation? Who makes the important decisions regarding the children regarding schooling, health or religion?
If one spouse stays at home with the kids while they are growing up, what effect does that have on spousal support? Can the spouse stay at home and continue to raise the kids, or should the spouse go back to work? Can the couple afford to have the spouse continue to raise the kids, or what is the effect of them not being able to afford for the spouse to stay at home, and instead the spouse needs to go back to work. Does the spouse need to be trained for a new field, or can they go straight to work?
These issues are in addition to all the normal issues revolving around dividing assets and liabilities, and spousal support (aka alimony). What happens with the house? Do one or both of you have a pension? What are the tax implications of the decisions and directions that you want to take?
The best way to separate a couples assets and liabilities is not to just look at the picture today, but to look at the picture over a longer period of time. What will the picture look like at the end of 10 or even 20 years? Is it a fair settlement?
With Mediation, you get to decide what the answers to these important questions are, and the direction your new life will take. If you prefer to go to court, you will not be deciding what happens to your life. Instead, a judge will decide what they think is best for you. It will also take you longer and cost you more in money and in anxiety. To us, the decision is rather simple, i.e. try to mediate your issues before you go to court. Save your money and anxiety. The best person to decide what is best for you is you.
With offices in Rockville/Montgomery County Maryland (next to the Rockville Metro), we are located conveniently for clientele throughout the Washington DC metropolitan area.
51 Monroe Street
Rockville, Maryland 20850
P: (301) 770-4556
F: (240) 238-6637
Please contact us for questions and to make an appointment for an initial telephone consultation.