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.