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Mediation in child custody

Anyone who has ever been through a divorce in which children were involved can attest to the stressfulness of the entire situation. Child custody decisions can be the most important choices that parents ever make for their kids. In Florida, when divorcing parents cannot come to an agreement concerning who will get custody of the kids, divorce mediation may be a way to solve the matter amicably.

Some parents may wonder why they should even attempt mediation before going forward with a divorce. They may mistakenly believe that the mediator is there to choose sides or determine who is right and who is wrong. This is simply not the case. It is the mediator's job to remain neutral and help the parties communicate.

Mediation can even work with those parents who cannot even be in the same room at the same time. The mediator can go between the two parties, relaying information, and help them to work out a solution that is best for the child. In cases where children are involved in a divorce, it is likely that communication will be necessary for years to come. Mediation may help to start the process.

For parents in Florida who are considering a divorce where child custody is an issue, there is simply no substitute for having legal counsel. The family lawyer can discuss mediation with the parent and help him or her to decide the best way to handle any disputes in a way that is best for the child or children. Family law attorneys are knowledgeable about the divorce laws of the state and can advise their clients on all aspects of child custody, mediation, communication, child support and other legal matters concerning children in divorce.

Source:, "Child Custody Mediation FAQ", Accessed on June 11, 2017