Getting divorced is like climbing a mountain. You have to take one step at a time. The challenge of divorce, like climbing a mountain, is you cannot see what is on the other side until you reach the top. Often times it seems the peak is too high to reach or exhaustion clouds the mind making it difficult to go on. Having a guide is often the best way to manage a challenging climb.
At Parker Mediation, we explain each step and prepare you for the next. Through a series of mediation sessions, couples work out solutions and formulate a plan for the future. This includes a parenting plan that not only creates a schedule for the children, but also develops a method for managing inevitable changes as the children age. The parties develop a financial plan that takes into account the present and future needs of the children.
The mediator helps you to anticipate the future, which allows for smoother transitions. No divorce plan is complete without making budgets and developing a financial plan to meet the current needs and future needs of the parties and any children. It is never too early to start saving for college expenses or planning for retirement. The rising cost of education, healthcare and the uncertainty over whether social security will be adequate support are prime examples why good financial planning is so important.
The financial plan also serves as a vehicle to manage debt. Many couples find themselves in debt due to the devaluation of the housing market. The marital home, which once was the primary asset for many couples, in many instances is now the greatest liability for couples. Formulating an exit strategy is critical to maintaining good credit and preparing for the financial future.
Many couples make the decision to divorce only after serious consideration, often reluctantly, or as a last resort. The process of planning for divorce involves many more decisions. Discussions guided by a skilled mediator can ease the decision making process. When the path is clear, it is easy to follow. Let Parker Mediation Guide you through the divorce process. Call us at 508 795 0200 and speak with case manager Yvonne Perry.
Larri Parker will be climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in July 2011 to raise awareness for Parkinson’s disease. She will use a professional guide. You can read more at Parkersclimb.com.