A child custody case can be a long and drawn out process. This is especially true when it's tied up with a divorce. However, if you and your child's other parent agree on most of the terms of child custody, then a mediation may be a cost- and time-effective method for resolving this issue.
The following are answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions about child custody mediation.
Q: Why should I try mediation as opposed to just going to court for a child custody dispute?
A: There are several very good reasons you may want to attempt to mediate child custody issues before taking them to court. In general, a mediator cannot impose a solution, so speaking with a mediator will not necessarily impact the final decision of a court if the mediation doesn't work out.
Q: What are some of the specific advantages of mediation for child custody cases?
A: Some of the many advantages of child custody mediation include the following:
Q: My relationship with my ex is so bad, I can't see child custody mediation working; what does child custody mediation offer that could make things work?
A: Mediation can be done separately, so if you and your ex can't be in the same room together, mediation can accommodate this. The mediator will go back and forth between the parties and work on an agreement until it gets done.
Also keep in mind that mediators do this for a living, and are skilled at dealing with couples that fight. Mediators will stress the importance of putting aside personal issues for the sake of the child, and are very good at redirecting a parent's focus back to the issue that really matters -- the child.
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