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What is Mediation?

What is Mediation?

Learn the basics of custody mediation.

Couples going through a divorce may choose to use mediation to help settle issues such as support, property division, and child custody. For a divorce mediation, spouses must hire a mediator (a neutral third party) to help them discuss and resolve their disagreements.

Most divorce mediators are experienced family law attorneys. Keep in mind that a mediator doesn't make any decisions, but rather helps couples reach their own agreements regarding divorce-related issues.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR MEDIATION

First and foremost, you will need to consult an experienced attorney who can arm you with a solid understanding of your custody and visitation rights and responsibilities.

  • Compile daily schedules for you and your child.

  • Gather all relevant records regarding your child, including important medical records, report cards, and any letters from your child's therapist that are relevant.

  • Have a solid idea of how you envision the custody and visitation plan, and be open to cooperation.

RESOLUTION

The mediation process can be overwhelming. There are many factors to consider, including schedules, locations, vacations, holidays, future re-marriage of one or both spouses and in some cases, a child's preference. However, if both spouses can at least agree that your children come first, then with the help of the mediator, settling differences in a fair way can save everyone involved the stress and expense of a child custody battle.

If you have questions or concerns about the specifics of your own situation and need advice, book a free consultation with Jim Green at J Green Law Group today.

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