Is mediation an effective way to handle a custody dispute?

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Divorce can be distressing, especially when children are involved, as valuable parenting time is often at stake. Engaging in a custody battle in court can exacerbate the situation for all parties involved and result in a significant financial burden. Fortunately, couples who don’t see eye-to-eye regarding custody arrangements can resort to alternative dispute resolution methods to resolve their disputed issues without going to court. Mediation can be an effective way to handle a custody dispute if both parties are open to the process and willing to work together to prioritize their children’s best interests. Child custody mediation is explicitly designed for parents who can’t reach an agreement so they don’t have to endure the added financial and emotional stress of court battles. If you’re facing a child custody dispute, contact a seasoned Suffolk County Child Custody Mediation Attorney who can help resolve parenting plan disagreements peacefully. Please continue reading to learn what child custody mediation entails. 

What is child custody mediation?

Firstly, mediation is an alternative dispute resolution that allows couples to work with an unbiased third-party mediator to resolve their disputed issues and come to a mutual agreement on the terms that will apply to the termination of their marriage without going to court. Regarding child custody, mediation can help parents reach an agreement on their children’s legal and physical custody. Physical custody refers to where a child will live, while legal custody refers to the parent who will make the decisions regarding the essential matters in a child’s life. The court prefers to grant parents shared legal custody unless one parent is deemed unfit. The main concern in all custody matters is what’s in the child’s best interests.

During a mediation session, an impartial mediator will help parents navigate their marital issues to facilitate a compromise that both parties can live with. It is imperative to note that a court can order child custody, or couples can undergo this process voluntarily. Whatever the case, this process is usually more cost-effective and less time-consuming than litigation.

Why are some parents reluctant to pursue mediation?

Unfortunately, many parents hesitate to pursue mediation due to the misconception that mediators make the final decisions regarding disputed matters. However, that is not the case. Mediators help couples resolve their disagreements to reach a custody agreement. Through mediation, you can maintain complete control over all custody decisions. However, if you go to court, you will relinquish a significant amount of power as the judge will ultimately decide what arrangement best suits your child’s needs, leaving you with no input on the final decision.

Before you put your family through a custody battle, consider your mediation options. If you’re dealing with a child custody matter, consider contacting The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C., to explore alternative ways of resolving the issue that can save you time and money.

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What Our Clients Are Saying

I hired Susan to represent me in a divorce matter where I was fighting for custody and to limit my wife's equitable share of our assets. I won custody of our son, kept the marital residence, kept my professional practice, kept my building and paid less than half to my wife. This was after a long-term marriage. She could persuade the court that equitable is not equal and sometimes the man does deserve to win!

‐ Dave

I first must say that I had been represented by two prior attorneys both of whom had simply taken my money and left me nothing to show for it in my custody case. They kept telling me what they were doing for me but I found out they were lying. Susan on the other hand had gotten me temporary custody and support for my children and myself within two months of hiring her. I cannot say enough about her.

‐ Craig

After talking to a few other attorneys, I hired Susan to represent me in my divorce and custody dispute. I was reluctant to go with her because she was the cheapest out of all the other attorneys I met with, but I'm so glad I did. I am 100% positive no one else would have done such a great job with my case as Susan and her staff. Her work is quality, her staff is reliable and her character is honorable. There...

‐ Linda

I had a very difficult case where I had already burned through two attorneys who were unable to get me custody of my children and complete my divorce. Susan was able to rapidly work out an agreement and not let it just malinger on like my previous experiences. She was also considerate of my financial situation unlike all of the other lawyers I had spoken to. I highly recommend her if you want complete and caring service with an in-depth knowledge of...

‐ Joanne


The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. proudly serves clients throughout Suffolk County, New York in their divorce, family law, and estate planning matters. If you require the services of an experienced Suffolk County attorney, schedule a consultation with The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. today.

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