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How should you prepare for child custody mediation?

If you don't want to go to court to fight for child custody, a different arrangement could be working with a mediator. Many mediators are attorneys with training in helping you work out the best child custody arrangements for your situation.

Dividing time with your child can be a hard pill to swallow, but it's possible to break down custody into an arrangement that is comfortable for you and your ex-spouse. Deciding on a mutually agreeable parenting plan is in your benefit, and it's possible thought mediation if you're willing to try to work together.

When you create a parenting plan through mediation, the court reviews it and takes it into consideration. If there is nothing standing out as unfair, it's likely the court will approve it, but depending on the jurisdiction, the importance of the mediated agreement will vary.

Before you head to mediation, make sure you know your concerns. What are you worried about, and how can those fears be reduced? Next, know what you want to get out of mediation and what kind of custody arrangements you'd want. Preparing ahead of time helps you balance your emotions and can even keep you on track, even if your emotions get the best of you during the mediation session.

You can talk to a mediator and your spouse before the session to discuss what you want to happen or to learn the concerns of the other party. If you and your spouse can agree on anything before mediation, then you'll have somewhere to start once you get there.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Divorce Confidential: Preparing for Child Custody Mediation," Caroline Choi, accessed Aug. 24, 2016

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