Van Sickle Mediation
Van Sickle Mediation

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Email: vsmediation@yahoo.com


 

Sessions:

Partial-Day sessions are available Mon, Wed, and Thurs  4:00 pm-7:00 pm.

 

(A partial-day session may be scheduled on Saturday; however, due to limited availability, special conditions will apply)

    

Full-Day sessions will be scheduled based on availability. 9:00am-5:00pm.  Lunch will be provided during the session.

 

(See cancellation/rescheduling policies)

 

 

 

 

Mediators do not offer any legal advice and do not act

in the capacity of legal counsel. 

If you have legal questions please seek an attorney.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Divorce Mediation

Mediation is a successful tool in resolving the issues of divorce including child custody, child support, visitation schedules and division of property.  It is faster and less expensive than formally litigating these issues in court.  Because you and your spouse are in control of the final agreement, it can be customized to meet your individual needs.

 

Keep in mind that any agreement that is reached would need to fall within the standards for the state of Texas as it relates to an equitable division of property, the financial support of any minor children, and the best interest of the children in order to be approved by the courts.

 

As a mediator, I will help open the lines of communication and help you and your spouse discuss the issues of your divorce in a healthy manner.  Divorce can be a stressful event, and I will do my best to reduce that stress by preventing the further decay of your family relationship.

 

When is the Right Time for Mediation During the Divorce Process?

Mediation Before the Petition for Divorce is Filed:

You do not need to hire an attorney or file a petition for divorce before mediation.  You and your spouse would meet with me as your mediator and once a settlement agreeent is reached, that agreement would be taken to an attorney for review, put into a legal fomat, and filed with the court.

 

Mediation After the Petition for Divorce is Filed:

If you and your spouse have already filed a petition for divorce, each of your attorneys would attend the session with you. Once a settlement agreement is reached between you and your spouse, that agreemet would be put into a legal format and filed with the court.

 


Gathering Documents for your Divorce

Gathering and organizing your financial information can be a lot of work.  If you complete this before your first meeting with an attorney or mediator, it will help to keep your expenses at a minimum.  Doing your pre-divorce homework will also give you and your spouse a better understanding of your assets and liabilities when negotiating a settlement.

 

  • Most recent statements from all bank accounts, money markets, and certificates of deposit
  • Copies of the title and registration for all vehicles, boats, motorcycles, and RV's
  • Deeds, closing documents, appraisal, and statements from lenders showing remaining balance for any real estate
  • List of household items in the household or in the possession of each party
  • Employee benefits, retirement accounts, business interests
  • Latest monthly statement from each creditor (credit cards, personal loans, etc,)
  • Any other debt such as medical bills, dental bills, etc.
  • Tax returns for the last 2 years
  • Statements of income (pay stubs) for the last 2 months

 

 


Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce

How is child support calculated?

  • Child support is calculated based on the number of children under the age of 18, the income or "net resources" of the payor, and is reduced if you are providing health insurance for the children.
  • In most cases the monthly child support is equal to 20% of the income or "net resources" of the payor.   
  • I have provided a link to the Attorney General's monthly child support calculator below.  www.oag.state.tx.us/cs/calculator

 

How soon will the divorce be final?

  • In Texas, a divorce cannot be final for at least 60 days after the original petition is filed by your attorney.

 

How is property divided?

  • Community property is generally split 50/50 and includes all property earned or acquired by either spouse during the marriage.
  • Seperate property includes property that was acquired by just one spouse by gift or inheritance but must have been kept seperate and have proof that it is truly seperate.
  • If you have an extensive financial portfolio, I would recommend consulting with a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) who will compile a detailed list and recommend an equitable split of the property.

 

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