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Child Custody Mediation may be Beneficial for Parents to Consider

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Child Custody on Friday, December 16, 2016.

This blog recently discussed developing a child custody agreement. One way to develop a child custody agreement is through the mediation process. Because child custody decisions are based on what is in the best interests of the child, child custody mediation is an option that can help keep parents focused on that goal during what can be a long and challenging process associated with the divorce process or otherwise. When parents are able to work together on some child custody concerns but maybe not all, child custody mediation may be an option to consider.

The court can step in and help regarding child custody or other divorce-related issues that the couple is unable to resolve but couples, and parents, are encouraged to reach as many shared solutions as possible. Parents are in the best position to know what is best for their children and their family and the divorce mediation process can help guide those resolutions. Mediation is a non-binding process and the neutral mediator does not have authority to impose decisions which allows the parties to work together more readily.

Because mediation is a non-adversarial process, it can foster shared resolutions more easily than litigation, though family law resources are also available to help couples through the divorce court process when necessary. The mediation process, however, may help parents resolve child custody concerns more quickly which can result in time and cost savings. It can also help develop a pattern of communication for parents moving forward to help them resolve child custody modifications and disputes in the future.

Parents will unquestionably find themselves managing challenges during the child custody agreement process and changes following their child custody agreement and mediation can be useful in that regard. Many resources are available to help guide parents through the child custody process and it can benefit them to be aware of those resources.

Source: Family FindLaw, "Child Custody Mediation FAQs," Accessed Dec. 11, 2016

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