Custody & Visitation Mediation
What Issues Can be Mediated*?
- Legal, residential/physical custody.
- Parenting time/visitation.
- Grandparent visitation.
- Birthdays, holidays, and vacations.
- Religious upbringing.
- Medical decisions.
- Communication tips.
- Future plans.
- Role of a new spouse/significant
Creating a Plan for Parenting Apart
Focusing on custody and visitation issues can be less stressful if you concentrate on your child. When parents take an active part in the decision-making process, they are more likely to achieve practical and fair solutions.
Understanding the issues involved in a parenting plan is consequential to solving them.
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* Mediation is not appropriate if there are allegations of child abuse/neglect or in situations where domestic violence exists.
Custody has two major components:
* Legal custody concerns who makes the
decisions regarding the child. This person is
the child's "legal custodian." With "joint
custody," both parents make decisions
together ; with "sole legal custody," only one
parent makes these decisions.
* Physical custody concerns where the child
What is Visitation?
Visitation is parenting time specifically set aside for the non-custodial parent, grandparent, or other family memeber to spend time with the child.
Why Should I Mediate?
What is Custody? Sole or Joint?
Mediation is a self-diven alternative to court proceedings. It puts decisions about your child's future and best interests in your hands, rather than having the court make the decisions for you. Mediation sessions are scheduled at your convenience, allowing you the time you need to make important decisions affecting your child.
Who are the Mediators?
* Experienced individuals specifically trained in the areas of family conflict, custody, and visitation.
* Neutral parties who will not take sides your disagreement.
* Able to help you:
Identify relevant issues.
Identify areas of agreement.
Identify areas of disagreement.
Explore possible solutions.
Develop a workable future plan.
Mediators are NOT: counselors, therapists or lawyers. They will not give legal adivce or provide counseling services.