McWilliams Mediation: Knowledgeable



In a divorce, there are six issues to decide if you have children and three issues to decide if you do not have children.  The following questions must be considered:

  1. If you have children, how will you make major decisions for them?  This includes health, education, and general welfare.
  2. How will the children spend time with you and the other parent?  This is called, “Parenting Time.”
  3. How will you identify, value and divide marital (as opposed to separate) assets and debts?
  4. Is Maintenance (alimony) an issue?  If so, what type of Maintenance will you choose, how much will it be, and how long will it last?
  5. If you have children, what will the Child Support Obligation be and how will you pay for child-related expenses?
  6. What are the tax ramifications of your decisions?

The answers to the questions that concern your children will be included in your PARENTING PLAN.  The answers to the rest of the questions will be included in your SEPARATION AGREEMENT. If you and your spouse cannot agree on these issues, a Judge will decide them for you.

If you would like additional information on any of these topics, just click on the following links:

Parenting Time
Asset and Debt Division
Child Support and Other Child-Related Money Issues
Your Post-Divorce Family