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A child-focused approach to divorce

Divorce mediation seems right to you because of your children. You think it will be easier on them than a court case. This is not a contentious divorce, and you both want to put the kids first. They are more important than your own relationship, so you're willing to work together if it helps them.

It's important to take this child-focused approach and apply it to the entire process. Things to consider include:

Custody and visitation rights

Do you want to share custody? If not, does the other person get visitation rights? Do those visitations need to be supervised? Odds are you will try to share custody, but never assume anything. Make sure you're on the same page.

Child support payments

If one of you does have the kids more, does the other person need to make monthly child support payments? How do you want to exchange money? For example, do you want to use a smartphone app so that you have a clear record of transactions?

Special occasions

How do you plan to split up holidays and birthdays? What will you do during summer vacation from school? It's best to detail your plans so that you aren't dealing with them later.

Disputes

Things are going well now, but what if there is a dispute in the future? Do you want to have a resolution process already laid out? What types of disputes do you anticipate and how can you plan for them now?

Keep all of these factors in mind as you move through the divorce process. Make sure you are well aware of your legal rights.

Source: FindLaw, "5 Potential Pitfalls of an Uncontested Divorce," Brett Snider, accessed April 23, 2018

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