Helping Children Transition as Their Family Dynamics Change
Mediation is a process by which a neutral third party works with both parents to facilitate parenting agreements. With the consent of both parents, financial issues may be discussed in the mediation process as well. Everything discussed during mediation is confidential. The mediation process usually consists of one individual session with each parent in which issues will be outlined as well as one or two joint sessions with both parties. Alternative arrangements can be made if necessary. At the conclusion of the mediation process, if an agreement is reached, the mediator will journalize that agreement and submit to the parties and counsel, if applicable, for approval. A mediated agreement does not become binding until signed by both parties and, most importantly, approved by the court.