Mediation for Divorce, Separation and Co-Parenting is a process by which parties can negotiate the terms of their divorce, separation or parenting plan
- In a cooperative, non-adversarial setting,
- With minimal investment of time, money and emotional energy.
Our certified and professional mediators are non-judgmental, non-biased and impartial. They will help facilitate communication between you and your current or previous spouse or partner and work towards resolutions that can be incorporated into your final agreement, consent order or divorce decree.
Frequent issues parties bring to the table:
- Child support
- Division of property
- Parenting plan
- Assets and debts
NVMS serves clients in Northern Virginia, the DC Metro Region and as well as clients out of the state or country via Skype and telephone. In person sessions are conducted in Fairfax, Arlington and Prince William.
How It Works
Brief individual phone interviews are conducted to determine the parties’ issues and availability. This information will be used to assign an appropriate mediator to your case and provide background information to the mediator before the first session.
Once the intake is completed, the intake specialist will assign a certified family mediator to your case. All mediation session scheduling will be done through email. Once a mediation session has been scheduled, both parties will receive a confirmation email.
During the first session each party will have the opportunity to discuss their issues and point of view without interruption. The mediator will help the parties identify all of the issue that need to be discussed and brainstorm possible solutions. No party will be coerced into an agreement. Mediators will keep the sessions non-confrontational and structured, allowing parties to participate in good faith, and keeping them focused on reaching mutually agreeable outcomes.
A provisional agreement will then help clarify the parties’ goals and enable them to consult with legal advisers. If parties do come to any final agreements, the mediator can draft an agreement for the parties, which should be reviewed by an attorney prior to signing to ensure that nothing in the agreement violates or ignores their legal rights.
“Thank you! The judge simply adopted the mediation MOU and incorporated it into the final order for child custody, visitation, and support.” – NVMS Client
While mediation can be a helpful process for most people, there are some circumstances in which it may not be suitable. These situations include continuous physical or emotional intimidation, an active restraining or protective order, or if a participant is unable to advocate for themselves. If you are unsure if your situation is appropriate for mediation, please contact the Family Programs Manager for more information.
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