Decisions regarding child custody often become the most emotionally challenging part of the divorce process. The preferred custody arrangement in Connecticut and most other states is joint legal custody because it allows both parents to share the decision-making power.
However, it does not end there. You and your former spouse will still have to work out the details of the shared arrangement. At a minimum, you must establish a parenting schedule and assign parental responsibilities. Mediation can provide an invaluable alternative to traditional court litigation because it facilitates discussion between the divorcing couple. It can help parents cooperate to find a mutually agreeable solution on all child custody matters.
Mediation gives you more control
Mediation focuses on cooperation and resolving disputes. It places the decision-making power directly in the hands of parents instead of leaving the decisions to a judge who may not understand your family dynamics and children’s specific needs.
A neutral third party or mediator will assist you and your co-parent throughout the process. They can ensure you both have the opportunity to voice out your concerns and sentiments by creating a communicative environment.
Mediation preserves relationships
Mediation can help to preserve a positive co-parenting relationship between you and your former spouse even after the divorce. It can reduce the emotional strain on all parties involved, particularly your children. You can reach agreements regarding custody matters with the mediator and create a custody agreement to formalize all your decisions.
Because both parents worked on the agreement, it will be more personalized and nuanced. You can customize it to serve the unique needs of your family.