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How can mediation help with child custody matters?

Whether you are currently going through a divorce or you are considering starting the process, you may feel overwhelmed at the prospect of separation. While it may be better for your situation, dividing marital property, determining child custody and creating a parenting plan can be daunting. One of the most difficult issues to tackle is who will take care of the children and what type of parenting plan will work best for your family. Going through the mediation process can help to minimize the negative effects that divorce can have on raising your children together. 

When you attend a mediation session, you are joined by a third-party mediator who is present to direct the session and answer any questions you may have. The meeting takes place in a more casual, non-confrontational atmosphere compared to a traditional courtroom divorce. This allows parents to feel more ‘at ease’ and less defensive. The goal is to create a situation that is best for the children, and this calm environment is conducive to that process. 

Mediation also allows you to schedule the meetings around your life rather than wait for a court date. You may be able to find a time that works best for you. Furthermore, parents can create a schedule during mediation that may not be available to them through a courtroom divorcce. Finally, you may leave the mediation session on better terms with your spouse than you would have if you had undergone an emotional courtroom battle. 

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

 

 

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