When trying to figure out how to raise a child or children in two different homes, parents are often overwhelmed with a wide range of emotions. It is not unusual for parents to experience grief over the end of the relationship and sadness over not being with their child all of the time.
Mediation can help people to deal with many of the issues surrounding child custody in a constructive manner. When parents litigate custody, the focus is on how to gain the most powerful position in court. This can lead to additional anger, hurt and time delays. In mediation, on the other hand, parties focus on how to resolve issues in order to create the best possible future for themselves and their children.
Mediation can help people to deal with many of the issues surrounding child custody.
Depending on the complexity of the matter, a custody mediation may take anywhere from 3 hours to 9 hours. It is not unusual for parents to resolve their issues in a single session.
Yes. It’s a good idea to do some research on different custodial plans (e.g., week on/week off or ways of dividing a week) as well as plans tailored to a child’s developmental age. There are many resources for this on the internet.
Agreements are put in writing and signed by the parties. An agreement reached in mediation can be used by the parties to help them file the necessary papers with the court to obtain an order.
Margaret served on the Custody Mediation Panels for Washoe, Douglas and Churchill Counties. Her current custody mediations are all done through her private practice.
Margaret has three children, so she understands what it means to be a parent.
Margaret has mediated many custody disputes, including: