Divorce Mediation: Custody Disputes Without The Court Trauma

If you're facing the prospect of a divorce, particularly when children are involved, the trauma of court depositions and ugly disputes can be terrifying. Divorce mediation can help you tackle tough issues while staying out of court and expediting the process toward a better resolution.

Here are some of the ways divorce mediation can resolve complicated custody issues.

Splitting Time

Most custody disputes break down when it comes to the issue of how time will be split between parents. If you opt for traditional divorce proceedings, this can involve asking children to sit through painful and protracted depositions and days in court.

  • Firmly Flexible: Life doesn't happen in a vacuum. When you schedule how custody time will be split between parents, it's important to agree on a fundamental time split. This means establishing a split that makes. If your children are school-aged, this might mean a 50-50 split during the school year. However, you might augment the 50-50 split using a more flexible schedule. This might mean granting 12 consecutive days to one parent during the school year to account for school and extracurricular activities while allowing the other parent to swap for 12 consecutive days during summer break. Divorce mediation can help you establish equitable custody schedules that make sense for the age and circumstances of your children.
  • Dispute Resolution: One of the reasons why many people opt for more traditional divorce representation is to avoid the prospect of entering into a bad agreement they will live to regret. Although divorce mediation is legally binding, it is not irrevocably decreed. This means that if your agreement isn't working or you need a dispute resolved after your divorce has been mediated, the agreement can be changed without going to court. Many of the best divorce mediation firms will create one-year agreements that require both parties to renew at the end of the year. Having these renewal mechanisms established at the time of the divorce can help ensure that both sides feel like they have the option to address and evolve the agreement as needed.

Making Choice

How can you fairly decide where your child attends school or what types of healthcare services they should receive? If you don't address these issues during your divorce settlement, you might find yourself back in court before you know it. Divorce mediation can create a decision-making flowchart to help parents answer the most difficult questions related to how to educate and care for children.

For more information about divorce mediation, contact a local business, like Mediation Solutions LLC.