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Mediation can help North Carolina parents with child custody

Making a well-balanced child custody plan is important, but rarely a simple matter. In most cases, both parents want an agreement that ensures their child's best interests are at the forefront. While this is admirable, it can create unexpected contention between the two parents. Divorce attorneys are always looking for ways to ease clients through the process of determining child custody and one such way is mediation.

Child custody mediation occurs outside of the courtroom and is simply a way for parents to discuss the relevant issues under the guidance of a mediator. Topics parents can address include:

-- Co-parenting from separate homes-- Types of child custody-- Visitation scheduling-- Vacation scheduling-- Grandparent visitation

Parents can enter into the mediation process through the North Carolina court system. The court can provide a trained and approved professional mediator, or parents can use their divorce attorneys during mediation. This means it is possible to complete the process without attorney supervision; however, the courts do not recommend this method. The skill and knowledge of using an attorney for mediation include:

-- Built-in knowledge and experience about mediation-- Having an industry insider who cares about your children-- Less legwork on the part of the parents-- The security of using a professional familiar with your circumstances

While mediation can provide an effective way of reducing the stress of child custody decisions, it may not work for everyone. If you and your ex-spouse can still cooperate with one another, mediation could be an ideal solution for your family. Speak with a North Carolina divorce attorney to find out if child custody mediation can benefit you and your children.

Source: nccourts.org, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed June 15, 2015

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