If you are going through a child custody battle, you may be wondering if mediation is the right option for you. Mediation is a process where both parents meet with a neutral third party to try and come to an agreement about child custody.
How does mediation work?
The mediator meets both you and your child’s other parent separately and then together. They then provide an opportunity for both parties to talk about their child custody needs and wants. You and the other party can discuss topics such as child custody and support, visitation rights and who will make decisions about the child. The mediator is there to ensure that both sides feel heard and respected while also helping to come up with a solution that works for both parties even if it means coming to a compromise.
What are the benefits of mediation?
Mediation allows you and your child’s other parent to work out a child custody agreement in a much faster and less expensive manner than through the court system. It also allows both sides to come up with an agreement that works for them, rather than one imposed by a judge. This can help ensure that the child is placed in an environment where both parents are happy and comfortable. Last but not least, mediation can help reduce much of the stress and hostility associated with child custody battles, especially if the child is involved.
Mediation is not legally binding, but it can be used as a basis for a child custody agreement that is legally binding. If you decide to take your child custody agreement to court, the judge may consider the mediated agreement when making his or her decision. Keep in mind that the child custody agreement can be modified or changed if either party feels it is no longer working.