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Mediation can resolve child custody and parenting time issues

One of the most challenging aspects of a divorce is child custody and parenting time. While most New Jersey parents likely want what is best for their children, the prospect of one's relationship with a child being compromised may be too much to bear. However, making a battle out of it can prolong the process in which there will be no winners. The most appropriate manner in which to deal with this issue might be mediation.

Parents can choose to use mediation to resolve their issues, or it might be court-ordered. Unfamiliarity with the process may cause anxiety, and it may help to learn more about the process in advance. Preparation may include gaining information about the mediator and the demands or wishes the other parent may have. Take note that the sole purpose of the mediator is to encourage communication and compromise where necessary. The mediator may not provide any legal advice or guidance but may suggest solutions to help resolve contentious issues.

Going through a divorce will always be an emotional process, but it might be best to keep anger out of the mediation process. The manner in which parents interact during this process may prepare them for post-divorce navigation of disputes that are likely to crop up for as long as the children are minors. By never losing sight of the best interests of the children, parents -- with the guidance of a mediator -- may be able to maintain healthy parent-child relationships.

All this might be new -- especially if this is a person's first divorce. Fortunately, the support and guidance of an experienced family law attorney are available. In New Jersey, a lawyer can be present during mediation -- not only to oversee the legal aspects but also to provide valuable input. The attorney can also ensure the final agreement complies with the applicable laws.

Source:, "Visitation Mediation", Kimberly White, Accessed on Sept. 29, 2017

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