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Trusted Child Support Mediation in Arlington
An affordable and confidential process, child support mediation is an ideal way to decide the allocation of child support during separation and divorce without involving a court. Mediation is private and polite, and it allows each party to take an active role in the process of determining the right amount of child support payments. The mediator’s job is to listen to the needs of each party and then help parties talk about how to reach the best financial arrangements for everyone involved.
Graham Law Firm offers experienced, credentialed child support mediation services in Northern Virginia. Call us at (703) 687-6817 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation.
Why Choose Child Support Mediation?
In child support mediation, the mediator does not take sides in the process. It is the mediators’ job to remain impartial, in which Graham Law is experienced. We prioritize the needs of the family during the child support mediation process, which is not the case if the courts decide the amount of child support awarded.
Here are three reasons why choosing child support mediation is a better option for your family:
- The process of mediation is to help the parties involved talk.
- The mediator’s job is to help everyone talk about their financial situation and how to fairly decide child support for everyone involved.
- The end goal is to leave with an agreement of an amount of child support that will be paid. If this process were undertaken in court, that amount would be decided without either spouse’s chance to speak.
Benefits of Child Support Mediation in Arlington
By avoiding a protracted legal battle, you can direct your funds to the needs of your children instead of paying for years of legal fees. Child support mediation allows you to have more control over the agreements that will formulate your next few years. Not only do you spend less money, but you can also focus your attention on finding the right child support figure. There are also monetary factors to consider, such as:
- Gross income
- Imputation of income
- Deductions from income
- Spousal support payment
- Support for other children
- Self-employment tax
- Work-related childcare expenses
- Available monthly income
- Healthcare coverage costs
These factors will be used by all parties and the mediator to come to an agreement on the right amount of child support for your particular situation.
After the child support mediation is completed, each party will sign an agreement that includes child support guideline calculations and the decision reached by the parties involved.
Have more questions about mediation? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions resource regarding mediation or learn about child visitation.
Experienced Child Support Mediators in Arlington
Our firm has received recognition for our acumen in mediation and arbitration, as respected lawyers in our area, and as one of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Firms each year since 2010. We also offer stepparent adoption counsel. When you are in search of mediation for the child support process, seek out Graham Law Firm, Northern Virginia’s preferred mediation specialists.
Call Graham Law Firm at (703) 687-6817 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation to discuss child custody support mediation in Northern Virginia.