Parenting time and mediation

On Behalf of | Jan 16, 2022 | Child Custody |

Divorce is hard enough when there are no kids involved, but when parents must decide on child custody and support, it can be a nightmare. Things that would be otherwise easy to compromise on feel much bigger, and there are a lot more emotions involved.

That’s why many parents are turning to mediation to resolve parenting time conflicts. Mediation is a great way to come to a compromise outside of court, saving you time on court fees.

What things are discussed in child support mediation

Mediation sessions for parenting time can include a variety of subjects, including child custody arrangements, visitation, child support and a co-parenting plan. These sessions allow the parents to work with a mediator to settle any differences and put the needs of their child at the forefront.

What are the benefits of mediation for parenting time?

In addition to avoiding court fees, mediation will increase the odds of both parents reaching a compromise. Parents who choose to settle on an agreement in mediation also reduce the risk of resentful feelings and hardship on their families during the divorce process.

When is it okay to say no to mediation?

There are a few reasons why parents wouldn’t be open to mediation. Divorces involving child abuse or domestic violence should not involve mediation.

Whatever your reservations toward mediation are, it’s important to check in with the reason why. Consider if avoiding mediation is in the best interest of the child or if you would be able to reach a compromise.

When should you consider mediation?

Mediation is very useful for parents who want to remain civil after the divorce. It’s also great for parents who want to work together to co-parent their child.

However, mediation only works when both people are committed to finding a road to compromise. If one person is bearing a grudge or is unwilling to compromise, mediation would be a waste of time and money.

The mediator, much like any court, will put the needs of the child above all else. As parents go into mediation or to court, they need to question whether what they want will be best for the child.

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