This process leads to a divorce, either with grounds or as a no-fault divorce. Decisions made with the help of a mediator, involve forming a parenting plan that is in the best interests of the children, if any, and making financial decisions that are equitable to both parties. Your final divorce documents, based on these decisions, can be prepared by a neutral attorney, so attorney involvement may be minimal, and you do not have to appear in court.
This process is the same as divorce mediation, but leads to a legal Separation Agreement, with the same decisions made as in divorce mediation. Because you are not divorced, the advantages in having this kind of Agreement involve tax decisions and continuation of spousal health insurance.
The same general mediation process is used for members of a family who need help in reaching agreement on some defined issue(s). Siblings, parent/child, heirs, relatives, meet together with a mediator to sort out what issue(s) is involved.
This process is for people who love each other and want to stay together, but can’t live together. Life gets in the way. Communication stops. They take each other for granted and stop treating the other well. Old resentments, grudges, hurts, eat away at the relationship. Couples become further apart, living as un-cooperative roommates. Partners question their commitment to the relationship. Mediation and conflict resolution techniques are used, and the process is different from counseling or therapy.
This process, which I prefer to call “parenting arrangements”, is for parents who want their children’s best interests to prevail during the time they are parenting separately.
The purpose of these agreements is to pre-plan finances for death or the dissolution of a marriage and avoid protracted litigation in the future.
Domestic Partner Agreements
For unmarried persons living together who want to separate in a way that is fair and acceptable to each party.