By Carol Jean Romine

When it comes to cases involving child custody, it is in the best interest of both parties to make the process less emotional and more cost-effective. Other than the fact that this principle leads to significantly better outcomes, children end up happier and more adjusted when their parents can handle their dispute in a civil fashion. There are many advantages to using mediation in child custody cases, but here are some of the best ones.

1. Less Emotional

Parties can be emotional in any contentious proceeding. This however does not compare to the emotions that parents can have when dealing with a legal matter concerning their children. Mediation minimizes the emotional aspect of the custody dispute by giving each parent equal input on both the proceedings and the agreement. When parents feel that their grievances and concerns are addressed, they are more easily placated and satisfied.

2. Financial Advantages

In mediation, the length of time it takes to finish the process depends on the parties. If resolutions are quickly agreed to, the custody dispute is resolved within a much shorter time. Instead of wasting money on legal fees spent in court fighting over custody arrangements, parents will be thankful for saving money and spending it on the kids instead. You don’t have to pay as much for mediation than you will on litigation because of the shorter resolution time.

3. Better Chance of Compliance

Parents are more likely to stick to a child custody agreement, if they were active participants in drafting it. Unlike a judge-mandated court order, mediation provides parent the opportunity to create an agreement that takes into consideration their schedules and finances, therefore leaving them happier and satisfied with the arrangement. By participating in the creation of the agreement, both parents will be more compliant and more motivated to follow it exactly.

4. Confidentiality

When dealing with sensitive legal matter such as child custody matters, confidentiality is of the essence. When parents pursue a court battle, many aspects of the proceedings are made public. Even if children’s names do not become part of the court record, it is still in the parents’ best interest to shield their children from prying eyes as much as possible. Mediation protects both the parent’s and children’s identities by making all the case fact private and confidential.

5. Empowerment

In child custody mediation, both parents will have equal input on the final agreement. Because of this, they feel less bitter and more empowered about the process. They themselves are taking control over their children’s future, not a judge. This also shines a positive light on parents in the eyes of their children because they are willing to work out differences for their children’s sake. Children are less likely to be more traumatized than if the parents decided to sue each other for custody.

If you have questions about child custody, contact Carol Jean Romine at 317-773-5997. Based in Noblesville, Indiana, Ms. Romine is a Family Law Attorney-Mediator. She has focused her energies on helping people divorce with dignity and has kept the majority of her clients out of court. Visit www.familylawfishersindiana.com for more info.

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By Carol Jean Romine When it comes to cases involving child custody, it is in the best interest of both parties to make the process less emotional and more cost-effective. Other than the fact that this principle leads to significantly better outcomes, children end up happier and more adjusted when...