FAQ

ARE THE SERVICES AT THE CENTER FOR MARITAL AND FAMILY TRANSITION CONFIDENTIAL?

Yes, except for certain exceptions all forms of counseling, mediation, collaborative divorce, and . co-parenting facilitation will be confidential. We will discuss these exceptions at the first meeting.

HOW LONG WILL WE BE IN COUNSELING?

The length of time will vary for each individual, couple and family as it depends upon the nature of the problem and the goals of each client.
Some clients have a very specific issue that can be worked through in a few sessions. For others, therapy is an on-going learning process and they choose to remain in counseling for longer periods of time. Treatment plans and treatment length will be determined and discussed together.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MARITAL COUNSELING?

Counseling should be the first transitional step in every troubled marriage. Why? Because, at one point, even if it was for a short period of time, your relationship worked enough for you to get married. But, children, in-laws, careers, finances, and household responsibilities complicate life.

It is rare for one spouse to intentionally wound the other; it is more common for people to simply stop being good to one another. Working with a therapist to express your feelings and desires in a safe, neutral environment will help you improve your ability to understand each other. Light will be shed on the situations that are causing pain and harm. Together, the therapist and clients will co-create more effective ways of interacting when dealing with the stressors of life. Many times, short-term marital therapy is all that is needed to improve a couple’s relationship.

All the couples we have worked with have left therapy with an increased understanding of their relationship and themselves. This knowledge helps them as they move forward as individuals and
parents.

WHAT IS MEDIATION?

Mediation is an informal and confidential process where a neutral mediator, with no authority to make decisions, facilitates discussions between you and your spouse to guide you through the divorce process. The mediator’s role is to provide a means of settling the inevitable conflicts that arise during the divorce process while laying the foundation for future problem solving. The outcome of a successful mediation is a Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA). This document will include all of your decisions about parental time-sharing, equitable distribution of assets and liabilities, alimony and child support, and anything else that you and your spouse deem important to document in the agreement.

A mediator cannot give legal advice. His/her role is to guide you as you consider the relevant present and future concerns faced when getting a divorce. While a mediator may make suggestions, the ultimate decisions remain with the couple. 

HOW ARE WE DIFFERENT?

At the Center for Marital and Family Transition, we use a co-mediator model. Two mediators  will work with you both individually and together to help you communicate your interests and problem solve the hurdles that arise during a divorce.. It is our belief that these two perspectives offer the couple a rich blend of knowledge to help work through the current issues as well as to anticipate issues the family may face as they transition through different life stages.

The co-mediator model is one of the least adversarial and most cost-effective methods of getting divorced.

Our goal is to lay the foundation for better communication as you move forward. 


During the process, if more support is needed, we have trained, ethical, and peace-minded divorce lawyers and financial professionals who will consult and answer questions. It will be your option to have these professionals help answer questions and consult you on any complicated legal, financial nuances and tax ramifications that arise when one household becomes two. 

 

We have found that our therapeutic style mediation is one of the most effective, efficient and inexpensive ways to expedite the divorce process and help each individual move quickly toward healing.  We are not just supplying answers and plugging in numbers. We are solving problems and anticipating future hurdles. 

 

Your Marital Settlement Agreement may be the most important contract you sign in your lifetime as it will contain how you divide what you and your spouse have created together over the course of your union.  

WHAT IS COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE?

Collaborative divorce is an innovative alternative to traditional divorce that has been gaining popularity in recent years. Also known as "no-court divorce," the collaborative process uses a team of professionals dedicated to helping you create the most financially and emotionally stable environment for the next stage of your family's life. Our team typically consists of two attorneys, a neutral financial professional, and a neutral mental health professional.

By avoiding going to court, you will be able to make all the decisions about dividing up your finances and parenting your children. While our team of legal, financial and familial specialists will guide you through this confidential process, you will always be in control of your own divorce.

At first it may sound expensive to hire a team of professionals, but the collaborative process has been found to be one of the most cost-effective methods of getting a divorce. Each highly trained professional focuses on their area of expertise. The lawyers must agree in advance to withdraw from the case if litigation should be necessary; this rule keeps the attorneys focused and dedicated to resolving your legal issues. The financial professional is trained to find the most creative ways for you to protect your assets. The mental health professional will help you develop a unique parenting plan tailored to your family’s life and mediate the difficult situations that are a part of every divorce.

Your collaborative team will help you end your marriage with a deep respect for the entire family’s well being during and after the divorce process.

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