FAMILY MEDIATION

DIVORCE | CUSTODY | PARENTING PLANS | SUPPORT

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FAMILY MEDIATION

Mike is an experienced mediator who has helped hundreds of clients resolve divorce, custody, and parenting time disputes. Mike provides you with a private and patient environment to work together to develop an agreement that works all Parties involved.

DIVORCE MEDIATION

Going through a separation and divorce can be one of the most emotional and stressful periods in your life. My mediation services will provide you and your spouse with a safe and patient environment to work through the division of your marital property and finances. If you have minor children together, then I will also assist you in developing a parenting timeshare plan that works for both of you. Mediation sessions are held remotely via zoom video conferencing so you can join from the security and comfort of your own home.


The Divorce Mediation Process


  1. Introductory Call: Prior to working together, I conduct a free introductory call with you and your spouse (together or separately) to discuss the mediation process and make sure that it is a good fit for your situation.

  2. Select a date for mediation. Depending upon the complexity of issues and property mediation can last anywhere from 2 hours to 4 hours. Some complex mediations take multiple sessions to complete. You can use this link to schedule your mediation online when you are ready: Click to schedule your mediation

  3. Complete the Property and Financial Disclosure. The mediation confirmation email you receive from me will include a disclosure document that needs to be filled out, exchanged with each other, and then returned to me prior to mediation.

  4. Schedule and Attend your Pre-mediation conference. Prior to mediation, I will meet one-on-one with each of you to discuss the disclosures documents, your specific interests and goals for mediation, and answer any questions you may have about the mediation. These sessions last for 30-60 minutes but are only billed for 30 minutes each.

  5. Mediation. During your mediation session, I facilitate a discussion and assist you and your spouse resolve the issues that you’ve identified. Once all of the issues have been resolved, we end the mediation session.

  6. Document Mediation Settlement Agreement. As you reach agreement, I document the terms and conditions into your mediation agreement. Your draft agreement will be sent to you within 24 hours of final payment.

CHILD CUSTODY & PARENTING PLANS

Custody and Parenting Planning mediation sessions allow the parents to develop a parenting plan agreement that is as unique as your children. Using mediation to resolve parenting issues and document your parenting plan can help reduce future conflict and allows you, the parents, to control the outcome.

SUPPORT PAYMENTS

Whether it is a standalone issue or part of a divorce settlement, I will assist you both in reaching a child support and / or spousal support agreement that is fair, equitable, and agreeable to both parties. As a mediator, I do not provide guidance about what the support amount should be, so it is important that both parties review the state court support calculator prior to mediation so that you each understand what amount would most likely be awarded in court.

WHAT IS MEDIATION?

Mediation is an informal, confidential and private process that provides the parties in dispute with an opportunity to share their concerns, brainstorm solutions, negotiate, and develop an agreement that meets the needs of both parties. Mediation is often the last opportunity that disputing parties have to control the outcome before giving the decision making over to a judge or jury.

Here are a few reasons why you should use my family mediation services:

      • Low Cost: Mediation is much less expensive than traditional litigation.

      • Low Conflict: Mediation is a non-adversarial process that can help you improve your communication so that future conflict can be avoided.

      • Low Risk: Most mediations result in a settlement of all divorce issues and you can still use your lawyer to provide legal advice and review your agreement before you sign it. If you are not able to reach agreement, then you do not give up any legal rights by participating in mediation.

      • You are heard: In court, you often only have a short amount of time to present your perspective. In mediation, each participant has as much time as they need to discuss the situation and work together to develop a solution.

      • You are in Control: You and your spouse control the process and can develop an agreement that works for both of you, rather than having a solution imposed on you in court. In mediation you are also able to discuss issues that may not be covered under the law but are important for you to resolve.

      • Private and Confidential: Mediation is confidential process and there is no public record of your mediation session.

MICHAEL A. TOMKO

Mediator specializing in assisting you resolve your family-based dispute.

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