As a parent, when you decide to divorce, it is important to resolve custody issues in a way that serves the needs of your children. Working with a mediator can help you as you navigate the process.
While each case is different, you can expect to go through certain steps as you and your former partner work toward a hopefully amicable agreement.
Identify the issues
Bring a list of every issue that may pertain to the children. This can help you stay organized and keep you from forgetting something. Expect to discuss arrangements regarding:
- Visitation schedules
- Communication methods
- Possible exceptions
- Child support
- Future changes
Discuss the solutions
During this stage, each of you will have the chance to put forth your proposals. Remember that the goal of child custody mediation is to find solutions that work for everyone. The mediator will facilitate the conversation to prevent it from going off-topic.
Reach an agreement
The mediator is present to assist in the creation of a viable custody plan. However, it is up to you and your former partner to agree on the details. Failing to reach a compromise can drag out the proceedings and may negatively impact the children.
Upon reaching an agreement, you can review and sign the legal documentation. Prepare to follow through with the arrangement before signing, as this contract is binding.
Depending on the circumstances, it may take multiple sessions to complete the custody arrangements. However, if you and your ex are willing to work together, then it may be the right way forward for your situation.