Custody mediation is an alternative way for parents to determine a parenting plan. Rather than leave it up to the courts, a mediator meets with both parties and works with them to create an amicable arrangement. Mediation is preferable to contested divorces for many separated couples. It is usually faster and often cheaper in the long run than a drawn-out court case.
According to the World Population Review, Ohio has a divorce rate of 12 percent. Divorce is a reality that many marriages must face, but they do not always have to end in anger and lasting resentment. Consider mediation before relying on the courts to decide on an outcome. Remember, the information below does not take the place of legal counsel.
The mediation process
Before custody mediation begins, both parties sign an “Agreement to Mediate.” Then you and the other parent can put forward your wishes for your child or children. The mediator may not make a legal ruling on the custody arrangement. They propose solutions and help both parents reach an agreeable arrangement.
Gather relevant information
You should write down all the concerns you have for your children and consider what is most important to their development. No one gets everything they want during mediation, so try to rank your desires from most to least important. Bring as much information as possible to the mediation, making the process much easier.
Child custody is one of the most challenging aspects of divorce. If you want an uncontested divorce, mediation is a good option. Work with your spouse and always put the interests of your children first.