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With over 15 years of experience working with couples and families as a licensed psychologist, Dr. Fairall & Associates is now offering Family Mediation Services.

Divorce may be one of the most emotional and challenging transitions in a person’s life – not just for the couple who has decided to dissolve the marriage, but also the children, whether minors or adults, extended family, friends, and colleagues. This process does not have to become adversarial and take months or even years to execute.

Family mediation is a neutral, safe, confidential environment to explore all of the options, reach acceptable terms for both parties and write up an agreement that is just as binding as if attorneys had been involved. More often than not, the courts require all couples going through a divorce to attend mediation, with their attorneys, which can nearly double the cost of the divorce! And usually, the court or the attorney choose the mediator for you!

There is no need, nor requirement for an attorney if the couple believes they can and are willing to reach an acceptable agreement on their own. You need only the help of a Certified Family Mediator to ensure all the pertinent topics are covered, draw up the final paperwork and submit it through the proper channels of the court system.

I offer a flat rate fee for the entire process, including face-to-face mediation time, all of the filing fees and my administrative time. I also offer hourly mediation services, if the process has already been started through your attorneys or independently. There may only be one or two areas that you could use my help negotiating – I can help with that also. Please give me a call to discuss your particular situation and determine the best plan for you and your family.

The most common issues resolved during a typical divorce mediation:

  • Divisions of assets and liabilities (debts), including personal and residential property, retirement accounts, investments, consumer debt, mortgages, student loans, etc.
  • Alimony or spousal support – amount, duration, and purpose
  • Business ownership – partnerships, corporations, family businesses, whether to dissolve the business or reach a new partnership agreement, etc.
  • Tax issues – who gets what deductions, when, and for how long, etc.
  • Visitation and time-sharing with the children-weekends, holidays, birthdays, school breaks, etc.
  • Child Support – who pays what, when and for how long…