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Divorce Mediation

The Mediation Approach

Often a skilled mediator can help a couple who are able to come to agreement bypass the court system.  This process can work best in a relatively amicable situation, although there are certainly some difficult decisions to be made.

In this process, Brenda as a CDFA® - Certified Divorce Financial Analyst and a trained divorce Mediator - is helpful as a neutral party to lay out financial options for the couple to discuss and decide upon.  This can be especially useful if a primary mediator’s background leans more toward the mental health or legal arena than financial areas.

Sometimes in mediation one of the parties, who might might not feel as well versed in their finances and options, might work with Brenda to educate them about their position and what these decisions might mean for their future as they’re going through the mediation process.  Ultimately this can lead to a faster conclusion to divorce mediation and a more lasting and durable agreement.

The mediation process is completed in private and the agreement (a Memorandum of Understanding) is usually reviewed by each party’s attorney, one attorney writes the legal document which is submitted to the court to be entered and legally finalize the divorce.
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Certified Divorce Financial Analyst

The CDFA professional helps both clients and lawyers understand how the financial decisions made today impact the client’s financial future, based on certain assumptions.

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