Child custody is a hot-button issue when it comes to divorce or legal separation. You want to spend as much time as you can with your children, and you likely don’t want the other spouse to end up with more time than you. Emotions will run high, harsh words will be exchanged, and the children could suffer as a result.
Taking your custody issues into the courtroom can be a stressful process, and the judge has the ultimate say in custody. That’s why many divorcing spouses opt for mediation.
But, will it actually work? Or, will you be unable to get what you want and end up back at square one? That depends on the situation, but with mediation, both parties have the opportunity to speak their minds in a safe and open environment.
The only way to see whether mediation will work for you is to give it a try. If you want the very best outcome possible, then you will need to arrive at mediation as prepared as possible. How can you prove to your ex that you deserve custody of your children, and how can you show your ex’s lawyer that you are a fit parent?
You will need to bring evidence to support your position. Everyone’s goals will be different when they enter into mediation. Some might want to receive sole custody; some will be satisfied with a fair split; others might want only partial custody. Whatever your goals, you will still need to be able to prove that you have the child’s best interests at heart.
Below is a list of tips and ideas on what you should bring to mediation and how you can be prepared before entering negotiations:
The above are just a few ideas for how you can prepare for child custody mediation. Each case is unique and you will want to speak with a highly trained family lawyer before entering into the mediation process.