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Mediating Child Custody Issues

• You have control over parenting and child care issues resulting in emotional wellness
• You are able to reach agreement and may be more satisfied with the agreement that you help make yourself.
• Parents who mediate child custody issues are able to make agreements they want instead of what a Judge decides.


Child Custody Mediation

Mediation allows you to plan out parenting and child care issues for the minor children. This process leads to a more positive emotional wellness for the children as well as the parents. This form of mediation creates an environment with increased opportunity to reach agreement and may be more satisfied with that agreement. Through the child custody mediation process, the parents are enabled to make custody agreements they want instead of what a judge decides they should have.

Divorce is hard on everyone, and can be very hard on children. Mediation offers an effective alternative to the drama of divorce court, by creating the opportunity to keep the child/children from witnessing or testifying in court. The stress of divorce court can have long-lasting and detrimental effects on the tender psyche of children, because court proceeding tend to dredge up issues which might not otherwise be discussed while in the presence of children. Depending on the age of the children, there may be some level of discussion about the divorce process, and the why is and why not's frequently brought up by children might be better discussed behind closed doors, in a comfortable environment.

By working with a mediator, the parties will be able to work through the issues in a calm manner, with non-adversarial discussion. Many issues and concerns can be worked out without going into the court room lending them the ability to reach lasting decisions. In a court, the judge has to go by the law and established standards, but in mediation different ideas can be expressed and worked out that are in the best interst of the children and the parents.

The objective of child custody mediation is to help the parties find resolution that meets everyone’s needs. By keeping the discussion moving forward with important questions, and suggesting ideas, and opinions, the mediator helps the parents find resolution that will be a win-win situation for them and the children.


Divorce Mediation

The divorce mediation process can help the parties end the marital relationship amicably and reduce conflict. It is less divisive than a court action, and many times, the parties maintain a good relationship with their ex-spouses, enabling them to carry less bitterness and resentment into their post-divorce lives. In divorce cases involving children, because decisions are made jointly by both parents, the parties can have confidence with existing and ongoing child care arrangements which reduces the potential for future custody disagreements.


Divorce Mediation Benefits

When completed prior to divorce court, the divorce mediation process can allow for disagreements between the parties to be resolved thereby saving the court's time and reducing legal fees. Your JK Mediation representative is a trained mediator who will assist you with the entire mediation process. Because the mediator is a neutral intermediary, he or she will may make observations, provide opinions and suggestions, and certainly ask and answer questions to help clarify the process. The mediator's role includes reducing the stress involved in what can be a very unpleasant situation, he or she will not force a decision, that is up to the parties involved.

The process of mediation is used to save time and money by streamlining decision making. Normally much faster when compared to resolving the case went through the judicial court system, the results are generally fair to both parties. Because there are no recordings or notes taken by a stenographer, the mediation process is private and personal. Perhaps the best part of divorce mediation is that the couples make the decisions and not a judge.


Ending the Marital Relationship Amicably


• Reduce conflict.
• Less divisive than court action.
• Maintain good relationships with their ex-spouses.
• Carry less bitterness and resentment into their post-separation/divorce lives.
• Increased confidence with existing child care arrangements, and less likely to have future disagreements.
• Decisions taken jointly by the couple have a better chance of being honored.


Non-profit organizations are not exempt from legal and personal issues in the workplace. These organizations work with the public and with volunteers and conflict, if not handled properly, can have a negative impact on the reputation of the non-profit. Mediation can be a positive way for all of the parties to meet and determine the outcome together.


Why should non-profits consider mediation?

As you might know, non-profits are money conscious and litigation can be very costly and time consuming and that is only the begining. Disruptions in day to day business operations, motions, appeals all come to light and the expenses only go up. The mediation process is much less costly and generally faster, taking anywhere from a few hours to several days once it has begun. The meetings are usually held at the convenience of the parties and they negotiate their own outcome.


When could a non-profit benefit from mediation?

Mediation can be useful in just about any situation where the parties are unable to reach an agreeable outcome. A nonprofit organization can benefit from mediation on a variety of issues. Disputes can occur on most any level, from the top on down to the volunteers. When the board of directors have opposing ideas on how the nonprofit should be run, or who should be elected to an open board position, major disputes can bring productivity to a halt. Even minor issues such as resolving disputes between employees or volunteers, can relieve overall stress and confusion within the organization.

JK & Associates Services

Arbitration, Mediation, Conflict Resolution
Arbitration In Arbitration, both of the parties present their issues to a neutral, third party; the Arbitrator. The Arbitrator decides the outcome.
Mediation Mediation is also handled by a neutral, third party person. The mediator helps the parties work through their situation.
Conflict Resolution Left unresolved, conflicts can escalate and do serious damage to all types of relationships.