The Perks of Mediation in Child Custody Cases

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Aug 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

When it comes to deciding child custody, litigation isn't the only option. Litigation is a costly, emotionally charged, and drawn out process that leaves the fate of your access to your child solely in the judge's hands. It is, however, necessary in situations when the nature of the parents' relationship is contentious. But parents who are able to resolve their issues civilly are gravitating to an alternative method of resolution in child custody cases: mediation

Through the process of mediation, parents have the opportunity to work together and tailor a parenting plan that honors each of their unique contributions to their children's upbringing. Much like a custody case filed with a court, mediation can determine both legal and physical custody, visitation schedules, and other important details.

In this article, we'll go over some perks of mediation that you should account for before deciding how to resolve your child custody situation.

Mediation is a non-adversarial process

Mediation is a collaborative process. You and your ex-partner will both have the opportunity to come up with an arrangement that best reflects the best interest of your child. It's easy to lose sight of the main goal of child custody hearings in the divorce process because parents are so focused on “winning” in court. Mediation done right is a win-win process that will minimize dissension and conflict.

Mediation is less costly than litigation

Child custody mediation will cost you way less in comparison to the expenses of bringing a child custody case before a New Jersey family court. Also, it doesn't take as long to reach a consensus in a mediation session.

Mediation is confidential

In most cases, the mediators and other parties present cannot discuss the issues raised in a mediation session with anyone else. This is very different from the typical court proceeding, which is often open to the public. 

Keep in mind that although mediation is an ideal option for many parents, it isn't for everyone. If you and your ex have a hard time communicating effectively, or there's still lots of animosity in the relationship, litigation may be the best alternative for you.

New Jersey Family Law Attorney

Attorneys make great mediators because they can offer insight based on their experience practicing family law. It's also important to have an attorney on-hand throughout the mediation process to ensure that the terms of the custody agreement are fair and that none of your rights are waived upon its enforcement.

If you would like to learn more about mediation or representation in a child custody proceeding, schedule a consultation with New Jersey family law attorney Joseph D. Lento today. You can contact him online or by phone at 888-535-3686.

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Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento is a veteran of one of the nation's busiest family courts with nearly 20 years' experience passionately helping families. By day, he worked in the trenches of family court, and at night, he studied the law. He helped countless families while working at family court, and he went on to become an attorney, dedicating his law practice to continuing the work he started years earlier. Mr. Lento's experience both behind the scenes and on the front lines allows him to understand a client's family law matter from all angles, and allows him to find and employ the most effective strategies to get favorable outcomes for any client. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in New Jersey and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings! He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and protects their interests.


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