What is the Process for Child Custody Mediation in New York?

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When parents are divorcing, or if a couple decides to terminate their relationship, and there is a child born from the marriage/relationship, they may need child custody mediation to resolve any custody issues.  Child custody mediation can help determine how the children will be cared for and where they will live.

What Are Some Issues That May be Decided in Child Custody Mediation?

Child custody mediation should center around what is in the child’s best interest.  Since the parents are separating, it is imperative that a sound and careful resolution to the child’s living arrangements be determined.  Some of the basic issues that can be decided during mediation are:

  • which parent will assume physical custody;
  • if the parents should have joint custody;
  • if one parent should have sole custody;
  • Financial obligations for the child; and/or
  • Parenting time/visitation for the noncustodial parent and the child.

What is a Parenting Plan?

The goal of a successful mediation is to resolve all the custody issues.  A parenting plan can help outline the issues and can be used in mediation to convey the parent’s positions.  Determining a parenting plan that works for both parents can also help avoid any issues in the future and foster consistency for the child or children.  A parenting plan can include any of the following:

  • Decision making authority for the children;
  • Custody arrangement;
  • Health insurance;
  • Terms of the child’s routine, including consistency between the parent’s homes, extra-curricular activities, health and nutrition, and so on;
  • Access to medical and school records;
  • Relationship with other family members like grandparents or aunts and uncles
  • Plans for the child’s college education, Including a plan for cost and expenses
  • Child support; and/or
  • Additional costs for sports or other extra curricular activities.

If you need assistance with a child custody matter, contact an experienced family law attorney today.

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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


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