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How Can Mediation Be Used to Resolve Child Custody Issues?

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The divorce process presents a unique set of challenges in each individual case. For parents, a divorce can significantly alter their relationships with their children. In many cases, divorcing parents will be fighting for custody of their children, and as this battle for custody takes place, many parents forget what should truly be at the forefront of the conversation: what is best for the children. In many cases, mediation can be used to resolve these issues amicably while keeping children’s best interests in mind.

The Benefits of Mediation in Child Custody Cases

During the mediation process, divorcing parents will work together with a neutral mediator to reach an agreement about child custody and visitation. Mediation can provide many benefits, including:

  • Considering the Emotional Effects: A divorce can be one of the most emotionally tumultuous times a family will experience in their lifetimes. For parents, divorce represents a separation from the spouse they once loved. For children, divorce represents the end of the parental relationship that they have known for most of their lives, and in all likelihood, it will result in drastic changes to their living situation. Rather than increasing this emotional turmoil through contentious court battles, mediation can represent an alternative path to resolving disputes that emphasizes cooperation and empathy instead of victory at all costs.

  • Make the Decision Together: When it comes to decisions about children, it can be difficult for two separating spouses to agree, which is why many people take child custody issues straight to court. That being said, if an agreement is possible, mediation can represent the best way to determine mutually beneficial solutions for all parties involved. Throughout the mediation process, parents can decide on a parenting plan that works for both parents while meeting children’s needs. This ensures that the parents have the ultimate say in what happens rather than leaving decisions up to the court.

  • Remain Cooperative: In order for a shared custody plan to work, parents must be able to maintain an amicable relationship and work cooperatively. During mediation, parents can build a foundation for future cooperation, ensuring that they will be able to work together to raise their children in the years to come.

Contact a Los Gatos, CA Child Custody Lawyer

At the Law Offices of Benita Ventresca, we work with couples throughout the divorce mediation process to help them resolve their issues without the need for a trial in court. Attorney Ventresca firmly believes that divorce mediation can represent an opportunity to resolve issues in a manner that will work for the entire family. To schedule a complimentary initial consultation with a skilled Los Gatos divorce mediation attorney, call us today at 408-395-8822.

Sources:

https://www.verywellfamily.com/overview-of-child-custody-mediation-2997655

 

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