Documents Needed for Divorce Mediation
Gordon Shayne as your Mediator
After hiring an attorney, Certified by the Florida Supreme Court
- Both Parties will be provided with a Financial Affidavit to complete and then provide to the Attorney who will use this information during your scheduled Mediation. This form is rather simple to complete and comes with very detailed instructions.
- If you have not discussed the terms of your divorce with one another, this is the time to do so.
- How will you divide your assets?
- How will you divide your debts?
- If there is a marital home, will one party 'buy out' the other, or, will you both agree to sell the home and divide the equity
- If there are minor children, who will the children reside with and what will the plans be for time-sharing
- Very often, both Parties have already discussed the 'terms' of their divorce with regards to dividing assets and debts, time-sharing when children are involved, the marital home, etc. Gordon will then be able to guide you through the process of sorting out the details and making sure that all areas are thoroughly addressed.
If so, you will want to spend a good deal of time preparing. Be sure to have all of your important documents relevant to your case, such as:
- Any investments you owned prior to the date of marriage and the value of those investments at the time your got married.
- Any inheritance you received prior to the date of marriage, or received during the marriage and be sure to be able to show that the inheritance was not 'co-mingled' into marital accounts.
- Financial statements to support your positions in your case.
- Valuations of any business(es) acquired during the marriage.
- Bank account statements for all accounts.
- If you own a home, did you purchase it prior to the marriage? If so, what was the value at the time of marriage?
- Statements showing debt.
- and more.....
If you already have an Attorney, your can prepare ahead of time
Your attorney will prepare all needed documents for Mediation. In addition, your attorney should set aside preparation time prior to the Mediation date to be certain that the time spent with the Mediator is time well spent. Be sure to have your list of what it is you want vs. what it is your will negotiate. Remember, a Mediation is the time to wrap your head around 'settling' your case so that you do not find yourself in the position of needing to go to an expensive contested hearing in front of the judge.