Divorce is an overwhelming time for everyone that is involved. However, it is especially taxing for the children of the divorcing couple. Having disagreements over custody arrangements may only perpetuate these issues, creating an intense and unstable environment for the children. You may be wondering if there are other solutions other than taking the case to court.
Thankfully, there are other options that allow parents to work together through the divorce and find a custody agreement that works and is reflective of their family, especially their children. One of the most commonly used options is mediation, a process that gives parents more of a say in their potential outcomes rather than leaving it to a Judge, who is a stranger to the people that are impacted by the issue the most. Circling Eagle Law can help explain the basics of mediation, especially as it relates to child custody.
Defining Child Custody Mediation
Mediation is a common form of alternative dispute resolution utilized for couples navigating a divorce. When it comes to child custody, a couple can work to reach an agreement regarding legal and physical custody, potential visitation plans, and child support. One key benefit of mediating a custody arrangement is that a couple can avoid the emotional turmoil and financial burden of court appearances. It also empowers the couple to take control of the situation and how it will impact their family and children as mediation is client/couple-driven.
What Happens In Custody Mediation?
In these mediation sessions, a divorcing couple will meet with a third party individual, or mediator. The mediator serves as a neutral facilitator that guides the couple through the issues that they disagree on, including child custody. Each spouse will have the opportunity to discuss their needs, and what they feel is best for their children. However, it is important to note that a mediator does not produce a final decision on the dispute. Instead, the decision rests entirely on the couple to come up with creative and effective solutions that work for their children and family. The ultimate goal is to reach a settlement where everyone can walk away feeling empowered, heard, and in agreement with.
Finding An Attorney That Understands
It is best to have an attorney who is knowledgeable about the mediation process and custody in order to reach a fair outcome. The team at Circling Eagle Law supports alternative dispute methods and will prioritize the needs of your children. We can help you prepare for your case, giving you the knowledge you need to successfully negotiate your custody arrangement.
Call us at (701) 401-7404 to speak with one of our skilled attorneys about child custody mediation.