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Why Mediation May Be a Good Option in a Custody Dispute

Custody Dispute

In a divorce, one of the most difficult, and often painful, parts of the process is the determination of custody. As a parent, you want regular and meaningful access to your children, but you also want what’s best for them in the long run. With the emotions that accompany a divorce, it can be difficult to view such issues objectively. If you can’t come to an agreement, you can ask the court to determine the arrangement. However, that can be messy, and can often cause more harm than good. There is another option—mediation.

How Mediation Works

Mediation can offer a “win-win” approach to the resolution of custody issues. In mediation, you work with a third party neutral, someone who does not represent either one of you, but it tasked with helping you identify and implement a mutually beneficial solution. The mediator will listen to your stories and then work directly with both of you, seeking to identify exactly what you need, and ways that you can compromise to get what you need.

The mediator won’t make decisions for you. In fact, the mediator doesn’t take testimony from witnesses, doesn’t consider physical evidence, doesn’t make any rulings of law and won’t decide who’s right and who’s wrong. You will always have the right to reject a proposal by your ex, and you’ll always have the ability to suggest or propose an alternative. You’ll be actively involved in the final resolution of the issues, rather than waiting for a judge or jury to make a ruling based on evidence and legal arguments.

There are other benefits to mediation as well. Because you don’t have to go through the discovery phase of a trial, where you take depositions and gather evidence, mediation typically takes far less time, and usually involves a lot less expense.

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At the office of Linda Stewart Law, PLLC, in Baytown, we bring more than 8 years of experience to clients in south Texas. To learn how we can help, call our office at 281-761-6042 or contact us online. We offer an initial consultation at a reduced fee of $50. We accept credit cards and will set up a payment plan, if appropriate. Our offices are open Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and until noon on Fridays. Evening and weekend appointments can be arranged upon request.

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