It’s rare for a divorced parent to look over their custody case and think “I would like this case to take multiple years and make me spend too much money in court fees that I can’t afford.” The ideal situation is when the parents can get together and agree on the important issues in their custody case–but sometimes that doesn’t happen. If the parents are having a difficult time agreeing, they may need to look into some other options. Child custody mediation is one of those options.
Child custody mediation is when the parents sit down with a neutral third party and try to come to an agreement about their custody case. Custody mediation can provide help for parents involved in a bitter custody battle or for those who just want a smoother case. Here is some information about custody mediation so you can decide if it is right for you.
Where do you go for mediation? You can always find a private mediation practice in you area in the phone book or online. Sometimes custody mediation is offered through the courts, and you can try it there. In fact, in some places, parents have to go to mediation before their court date.
If you and your child’s other parent go to mediation, you will meet with the mediator and go over your custody agreement. The mediator will help the parents decide what is in the child’s best interest. This is beneficial because the parents can focus on making decisions for their child and not get caught up in personal issues between them.
The mediator won’t take sides so that either party feels attacked. The mediator should lead a calm, rational discussion where both parents can discuss what is best for the child. This can be helpful because the mediator will keep the parents on track to consider the children so other issues don’t come up.