Child custody issues are some of the most sensitive and combative family legal matters. The time parents spend with their children, decision-making authority, and even where a parent may live can all be at stake. Because of this, it is not unusual for child custody cases to become contentious.
However, if you and your child’s other parent can mediate your custody issues, you can effectively set the tone for the remainder of your co-parenting arrangement.
Cooperating in complicated matters
Mediation allows parents to work together to reach decisions related to custody. This approach is an alternative to litigating the case in court and leaving the decisions up to a judge. With mediation, parents can cooperate and find solutions that best fit their needs, their child’s needs, and their personal situation.
There are numerous benefits of mediation, including typically being a faster, less expensive way to reach decisions. Mediation also makes it more likely for parents to be satisfied with an agreement they design together, rather than one ordered by a court.
Further, it can set a good example for your child that even when two parties disagree, they can still work together.
Setting the tone for the future
By working together through these difficult situations, parents can set a foundation for the road ahead. Creating a custody agreement together increases the likelihood that parents will follow it, which can reduce opportunities for conflict or violations.
Mediation can also preserve any positive aspects of parents’ relationship with each other, as litigation can be exhausting, stressful, expensive, and combative. The experience could drain any trust or compassion parents may have felt for each other.
There is no way to predict and prevent every challenge that can arise when parents share custody after divorce or separation. It is a difficult, and sometimes tense, situation. However, working together to create a mutually satisfactory custody plan can go a long way in preparing parents for resolving future issues peacefully.
To discuss mediation and whether it can be right for your child case, you can contact the attorneys at the Quinn Law Firm. Call 814-833-2222 for a consultation.