A separation or divorce affects every member of the family including the children. The parents need to come to some sort of resolution regarding the children that keeps the best interests of the young ones in mind. The mediation process keeps the focus on the children so that the parents can walk away from the table knowing that they have made the best choices possible for them.
Mediation for Parenting Plans
Our job is to draft extensive and specific parenting plans to create sustainability and cooperation based on long-term shared parenting. This can include international and multi-state parenting plans when required. Mediation allows the parents to come together in a cooperative effort to take a look at all of the factors involved both on a short-term and a long-term basis. This way, a positive and fair resolution can be made allowing the child or the children to spend time with each of the parents and be financially supported by both of them.
he parenting plan drafted for your situation will be based on a solution that is agreed upon by both parties. The wording will not be ambiguous but rather clear-cut so that each spouse knows exactly what his rights and obligations are. Problems arise from parenting plans that are vague and don’t correctly outline all of the factors involved. We make sure that nothing is left to chance and that everything is covered in the plan before it is signed off.
Developmental Needs of the Child
We’ll help you look at the development needs of your children based on their current ages. If your child has any special needs these will also be taken into account. In some cases there may need to be a small amount of flexibility that addresses the child’s needs as he ages. Any clauses added in this regard need to be feasible and written in a clear fashion and format. When there is a lot of animosity involved and conflict between the two parents the details in the parenting plan must be written precisely. This way, there will be nothing in the document that can be misconstrued at a later date and both parties will be well aware of the financial and custodial obligations involved. Parenting plans can be legally submitted by a mediator to the court and once they are signed off by a judge they become binding. When you use a mediator you can make the final decisions about your child’s welfare without leaving it in the hands of a third-party. You know your child best and leaving his destiny up to a judge is not the wisest decision to make.
Learn more about mediation and how it can benefit the children of the marriage before deciding to take the long and arduous judicial route.