A Parenting Plan is required by the court. It is a separate document filed with the court along with a financial plan and a property settlement agreement.
Essential Elements to a Parenting Plan:
Children’s interests are central to decision-making - mediating a plan allows both parties to come together in a safe, neutral environment, generate options, and focus on the best interests of the child.
Provides a model for how to handle future disagreements – mediation helps to lay out the details for on-going, parent-to-parent communication.
Provides for ‘Reality Testing” – Reality testing involves planning for the “what ifs” that life throws your way. Because they’ve “seen it all”, our experienced mediators bring an extensive list of “what ifs” to the table for discussion and planning.
Offers a high rate of compliance with the agreement – because both parties have worked together to create the agreement there is a high rate of compliance with the terms and conditions included.
A typical Parenting Plan can take from 2 to 3 mediation sessions of several hours each to complete.
Mediating a Parenting Plan through The Mediation Center is far less costly than using attorneys to negotiate a Plan.
Standard rate is $90.00 per party per hour..
2 sessions at 3 hours each = 6 hours
6 hours x $90.00/hr = $540.00 per party
However, Mediation fees are determined by a sliding scale based on household size and income. No individual will be denied mediation services due to an inability to pay.
To begin the process of mediating a Parenting Plan, simply call our offices at 441-5740. As mediation is a voluntary process, both parties must agree to mediating a Plan. Each party will receive a Consent to Mediate form. Once a signed consent form is received from both parties the first session will be scheduled as soon as possible.