Divorces are a difficult time for everyone involved, but it is essential that both parents come together to decide what is best for their children. Child custody mediation sessions allow parents to work with a neutral third party to make decisions regarding custody and visitation.
Child custody mediation helps couples reach an amicable solution, whereas a court custody battle can become costly and have an emotional toll on the parents and the children.
What to expect during a child custody mediation session
A couple can work with a private mediator, or a mediator who volunteers or works with the court. While mediation is not mandatory, a judge usually requires that the couple work through mediation before appearing in court.
During a mediation session, the main goal is to determine what is best for the child and allow both parents to be involved in the child’s daily activities. Essential details such as school, schedules, appointments, and extra-curricular activities are all considered during a mediation session.
Is a child custody mediation agreement legally binding?
A child custody mediation agreement is not legally binding; however, the court prefers that both parents work together to come to a resolution. In the event that the parents cannot agree on child custody arrangements, the court will make a ruling. In Kentucky, child custody laws always make a determination based on the child’s best interests.
Custody mediation services can help you and your ex-partner come to an agreement about child custody without going to court. This process is often less costly, less time-consuming, and less stressful for both parents and children than a traditional custody battle. Talking to someone about child custody mediation can help you understand the process and what to expect.