Settling matters with as much ease, efficiency and peace as possible is the goal of most divorcing couples in Arkansas. One way to work toward this goal is using mediation. If you are looking for a way to complete your divorce and ensure that you reach a positive resolution to child custody matters, you may want to consider mediation.
How mediation works
Mediation is a tool within the practice of family law designed to reduce conflict. It essentially brings both spouses together to try to collaboratively work out an agreement. While each side can have their attorney present, the mediator role functions similarly to that of a counselor. The idea is that they help you reach a solution that will work for both parents and continue to ensure that the well-being of your children remains the primary focus.
How mediation can help you
Negotiating child custody tends to be one of the more difficult topics within a divorce. If you can put aside your differences, mediation can help your family position the children and their needs first. Mediation can also take a broader look at the type of child custody arrangements for the short term and several years into the future.
The process takes a holistic view of your family and can help you and your soon-to-be ex-partner think about how you each want to spend time with your children. Mediation also acknowledges that the solution that works well today may not always work well in the future. You can decide to renegotiate as your kids grow and as circumstances change.
You can consult your family law attorney throughout the process. The same person handling your divorce may also provide you with great advice about how to approach child custody.
Mediation is a viable option for couples looking to discuss child custody issues amicably. Working with a family law attorney and a mediator might lessen arguments over child custody issues and greatly improve the quality and quantity of time you get to spend with your children.