financial-neutralNeutral Financial Mediator Meetings. The neutral financial mediator will meet with you and your spouse together and separately to document and value your marital and separate assets and debt. If you own real estate, an independent outside appraiser will be engaged unless you have had a recent appraisal. If you own a business, the financial mediator, who is also a trained small business valuation analyst, will explain to you how businesses are valued and then guide you to agreement on a reasonable value range for your particular business. The financial mediator will also ask you how you each would prefer to divide your other marital property and debt and, if you both agree, will tentatively assign a particular property or debt to the one who wants it pending review by your Collaborative lawyers in our subsequent 6-way meetings. If you disagree on who is to get a particular property or debt, the financial mediator will explore your differences and, if still unresolved, place that particular property or debt on the agenda for our first Collaborative 6-way meeting with your attorneys and the family professional.

The financial mediator will also help you both develop a post-divorce financial plan so that, during the 6-way meetings, you each may see how any agreement you make about asset and debt division and about child and spousal support will impact your financial future. We will document each of your past, current and prospective incomes and help you estimate your realistic individual expenses over the foreseeable future.

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