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Is child custody mediation worth trying?

Is child custody mediation worth trying?

On Behalf of | Aug 17, 2021 | Child Custody |

Divorce proceedings and other family law legal issues could make someone’s life incredibly stressful. And are there proceedings more anxiety-inducing than child custody hearings in California? The answer might be debatable, and some parents undergo more stress than others. These hearings are serious ones, and all parties want to achieve their preferred outcomes. So, experiencing anxiety seems unavoidable. Those wishing to streamline the process and experience less stress may wish to pursue mediation.

Mediation and child custody negotiations

When neither parent agrees to child custody arrangements, things could take a turn for the bitter. The disagreements may center on visitation rights or sole vs. joint custody, and all parties might start to “crack” over the stress. So, mediation could seem like a worthwhile pursuit for parties hoping to avoid further aggravation.

Mediation could be voluntary or ordered by a judge. Those entering into a mediation session by choice may be more willing to follow the mediator’s advice. Considering the time and money mediation could save both parties, being amicable to mediation might be worthwhile.

A mediator serves as a neutral third party and attempts to iron out disagreements between the parties. Meditation could take several hours and involve more than one session. Hopefully, the parties may come to an agreement and sign paperwork attesting to such.

Mediation and the court

A mediator does not deliver any binding decisions. However, a judge could arrive at a decision based on reviewing evidence from the mediation session. Both parties might find arriving at their own agreement could be better for everyone than returning to court.

Those disinclined to attend a mediation session should look at things from another perspective. Persons willing to give mediation a try might display to the court a willingness to work out differences. An intention to work things out may impress the court more than defiance and stubbornness.