When parents split, they must decide how custody of their children will be divided. If custody is contested, parents will likely face an emotionally charged legal battle. Understandably, with valuable parenting time on the line, it can be difficult for parents to reach an agreement without court intervention. However, if they can work together to reach an agreement, it would be a less stressful process for everyone involved. One option to facilitate parents’ discussions in resolving their disagreements about child custody and visitation rights is undergoing child custody mediation. In New York, child custody mediation may be court-ordered or voluntary. In either case, there are various benefits to pursuing mediation. If you’re facing a custody battle, it’s in your best interest to enlist the help of a trusted Rockland County Child Custody Attorney who can help you fight to protect your child’s best interests. Please continue reading to learn how child custody mediation works.

How does child custody mediation work?

Both parents will meet with a third-party, non-partial mediator in child custody mediation. The mediator will objectively evaluate the facts of the case and assist with reaching an amicable arrangement for custody and visitation disputes. The purpose of child custody mediation is to help parents resolve disagreements about custody and visitation rights without court intervention. During this process, the mediator will help parents seek common ground where possible. However, it’s imperative to understand they can’t force you or your ex into an agreement. Unlike a judge, the mediator does not make any decisions. If an agreement is reached in mediation, the terms are not binding unless the terms are reduced to writing and signed.

What are the benefits of mediation?

There are numerous benefits to undergoing mediation. Firstly, you will have more control over the outcome of your case. During mediation, you can freely voice your opinions and concerns regarding parenting time. As mentioned above, the mediator does not make any decisions. You know your children better than anyone, which means you know what will work best for you and benefit your children. Therefore, if you work with your ex to create a parenting plan and resolve disputed elements of the custody agreement, you will achieve a favorable outcome. If you allow the case to go to court, the judge will decide what they believe is best for your children.

In addition, parenting time agreements reached through mediation are more likely to be followed by the court. When both parties are satisfied with a mutually agreed-upon parenting plan, they’re more likely to follow through with the terms. This will also minimize the potential for future conflict.

As you can see, there are various benefits to participating in child custody mediation. Determining child custody is not easy. Don’t navigate this difficult time alone; enlist the help of a competent attorney from The Law Office of Peter L. Jameson, PLLC. Our legal team is prepared to help you preserve your child’s best interests.