Going through a divorce or legal separation can be emotionally overwhelming and challenging, especially if there are children involved. While splitting up marital property can be difficult, it is nothing in comparison to splitting up the children and determining what type of custody would be best. SInce every situation is unique, the type of custody that works in each situation is also unique depending on the circumstances surrounding the case. Through traditional courtroom divorces, the judge presiding over the case looks at all of the information provided and makes a decision as to whether sole custody or joint custody is best. Mediation, on the other hand, allows couples to look at their own situation and create a custody arrangement that works best for them.
During custody mediation, both couples will meet under the direction of a third-party mediator who will help guide the session. You can bring your attorney along for personal guidance. Before arriving at the mediation appointment, you should have a list of concerns and what you want to gain from the arrangement. Be prepared to back up your requests and understand that all decisions are made in the best interest of the children.
Mediation allows couples to discuss child custody in a non-confrontational and laid-back manner. People often emerge from these sessions with a more positive relationship which can directly benefit the children. Furthermore, the plan you design is often one that would not be available to you had you gone through the traditional route.
This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.