Where appropriate, Jill will recommend that her clients involve an expert to help with part of the case. This person will be hired by both spouses and will take a neutral approach to their work in fairness to both of you.
If you cannot decide on how to share time with the children, a neutral parenting coordinator can help you reach consensus.
A marital breakdown can be very emotional, particularly for the spouse who did not choose the separation. These emotions make it harder to concentrate, and make decisions, during a mediation session. As a result, the mediation will proceed at a slower pace than it otherwise would. A neutral mental health professional can provide emotional support during the mediation, and will also coach each spouse on how to present their views in a way that the other spouse can take in what they are saying.
Sometimes a couple has a family business, or a spouse is self-employed. When this happens, a neutral chartered business valuator provides the “fair value” of the business and comments on income for family law purposes. This satisfies the legal requirement to make full financial disclosure to your spouse in these matters. Such disclosure is the bedrock of a signed separation agreement.
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