Mediation is a structured process or a series of discussions aimed at achieving an amicable outcome in respect of disputes that may arise between parents who separate, are in the process of a divorce or post-divorce. This process is designed to create an opportunity for parents (and significant others) to reach consensus in respect of various issues regarding children such as; maintenance, custody/primary residence, access/contact, care, guardianship, and relocation, to name a few. Mediation ensures that an approach which is conducive to conciliation and problem-solving is followed and a confrontational approach such as litigation is avoided thus ensuring a conducive parenting relationship with the focus remaining vested in the well-being of the children. Dividing responsibilities in conjunction with equal participation in decision making would be described as a “low conflict divorce/separation”. Research has proven that this amicable process is less damaging to the children involved than a high-conflict, “he-said-she-said”, court process.
The individuals involved have more control over the matter and are given the platform to express their thoughts, concerns and their wishes. It is more efficient, affordable and less stressful for all parties involved than embarking upon a court process. Mediation is the perfect process for parties who are able to openly and honestly communicate with their co-parent and who can calmly and rationally resolve any problems that may arise in respect of their children in a controlled environment. It is wise to enlist the assistance of a Family Law mediation attorney because irrespective of the relationship between you and the co-parent, this process has the potential to be an emotional and stressful time and your judgment can easily become clouded.
Joselowitz & Andrews Attorneys’ Parenting Plans form the basis of the mediation process. Please see below for all the information you need to enter into a Parenting Plan, to always keep your children’s best interests at heart.