Make Changes to Your Parenting Time With Mediation

Custody agreements often need to change with the ever-changing needs of the child and family. Ideally, both parents would agree on the arrangements, but in reality that rarely happens. Going through the courts to resolve a dispute can be costly and time-consuming. Sometimes, finding a solution involves getting the parties together to discuss the logistics. Mediation can facilitate this process by encouraging negotiation and communication, offering alternatives and providing legal information to make sure each party has the information needed to make an informed decision.

How Mediation Works

In traditional litigation, the court decides the outcome. In mediation, a third party assists the people in a dispute toward a mutually satisfactory agreement. Mediation is a more casual process than litigation. Lawyers can be involved in mediation but aren’t required. The mediator cannot force one of the parties to settle and has no power to make a decision. The mediator encourages communication to find the obstacles toward an agreement, then helps both parties find strategies to overcome those issues.

Mediation is voluntary and confidential. The mediator controls communications and employs tools that help parties resolve the disputes. Instead of hard bargaining, mediators keep the parties focused on what’s in the best interest of the child and finding a common ground. Mediators are trained in developing options for solutions, rather than battling against an opponent, which is common in traditional litigation. Because both parties involved are more invested in the solution, mediation has been shown to be more effective than going to court.

Creating a Final Agreement

Following mediation of a modification for child support or visitation, for the agreement to be binding, it does need to be filed with the court. Out-of-Court Solutions helps mediate issues in child custody and then prepares the paperwork that is required to be filed with the court. Litigation isn’t the only answer to modifications of child-sharing. Contact Out-of-Court Solutions for a consultation today to learn more about mediation.

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