The co-resolvers and the parties enter into this contract voluntarily. The co-resolvers and the parties agree that they have no prior personal or business relationships, and there are no known potential conflicts of interest.
A. Role of the Co-resolver:
The co-resolver serves as a coach to assist one party in reaching clear and lasting resolutions to conflict.
The co-resolvers provide a structured setting for a productive exchange of information with the goal of identifying possible settlement agreements and solutions to a variety of issues. An agreement shall be reached only if both parties agree to terms that they deem fair, reasonable, and in the best interest of all involved persons.
Many complex situations, including dissolution of marriage, may require multiple co-resolution sessions to reach resolution on all issues. The co-resolvers will communicate with the parties how they are progressing and keep them informed with an estimate of how many co-resolution sessions will be required to satisfactorily address all issues.
The co-resolvers may cite research and otherwise educate the parties on matters related to their agreements, such as child development, best practices of positive parenting, and strategies for successful co-parenting in cases of dissolution of marriage with minor children.
The co-resolvers may share ideas for solutions that have worked well for other families. The co-resolvers hold no authority to impose an agreement on any matters. The co-resolvers hold no liability for any outcomes or consequences resulting from the co- resolution process or terms of any mediated agreement.
The co-resolvers treat all content of the co-resolution as confidential. A release of information is required to share information with any other party.
The co-resolvers do not serve as an expert or witness in any court proceeding.
The co-resolvers do not give legal advice. If this agreement is to be made a court order, the parties must seek legal counsel to complete the proper paperwork and follow required pro- cedures.
B. Role of the Parties(s):
The parties will complete an initial information form and review the completed form with the co-resolvers prior to co-resolution.
The parties determine the issues to be discussed in co-resolution. The parties set the goals for each co-resolution session.
The parties will answer the co-resolvers questions as completely and honestly as possible. They will also engage in the co-resolution process to the fullest extent possible.
The parties will make a good-faith effort to be open to ideas that may promote a settlement and productive co-parenting plan in the best interest of all parties.
Either party may include support persons in the co-resolution with consent of the other party.
A. Appointments: Appointments with the co-resolvers shall be scheduled at the request of the parties. Co-resolution sessions may take place with both parties present and/or with each party individually. Standard co-resolution appointments are 2 – 3 hours in length. Additional conversations may take place by telephone.
B. Confidentiality: All communication between the co-resolvers and parties is confidential and may not be used in any court proceeding. Any sharing of information between the co-resolvers and any other party requires an authorization form signed by the parties giving written permission for a release of information. Either party may request a conversation or meeting with the co-resolvers without the knowledge or consent of the other party. All communications between the co-resolvers and the parties will be private and confidential unless a release of information has been signed and submitted to the co-resolvers for the purposes of communicating with other parties.
C. Communication: The parties may contact the co-resolvers by telephone, email, or text message. The co-resolvers will respond within 48 hours. If email and text messaging are used for sharing or receiving any information, confidentiality may be compromised due to limits to what can be kept private over the internet or phone service.
D. Cancelled or missed appointments: The parties shall pay in full one-hour of service for any cancelled or missed appointments unless 24-hour cancellation notice is given.
E. Withdrawal from co-resolution: The co-resolvers and either or both of the parties may withdraw from co-resolution at any time. The co-resolvers hold no liability for any outcomes or consequences resulting from termination of any co-resolution session or the co-resolution process.
Parties shall pay for appointments at the time of service. Fees for all individual and joint sessions are $250.00 per hour per person. Fees for drafting documents are $250.00 per hour total. Fees for additional time spent in telephone or email conversations are billable at $250.00 per hour, calculated at 5-minute intervals. The co-resolver may require a retainer for the purposes of phone and email communications. The co-resolvers will notify the parties before any charges are accumulated for telephone conversations or email exchanges. When applicable, child sup- port guideline calculations will be provided by a financial professional for a fee of $50.00 for the first worksheet, and $20.00 for each worksheet thereafter. The co-resolvers may refer the parties to a neutral tax and divorce financial planning consultant to assist in organizing and illustrating potential financial agreements.
Parties understand that the co-resolvers is obligated under law to disclose the following information to appropriate authorities: 1) allegations of abuse or neglect of a child, 2) threats of harm to self or others, 3) statements made indicating plans to carry out or hide an ongoing crime, and 4) statements made that reveal a felony crime.
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