Strategies for Preparing a Parenting Plan in Mediation

Benefits of Mediation

In a child custody mediation session, a trained mediator acts as a neutral third party to help you and the other parent work together to develop a plan to parent your children after divorce. You may be able to resolve issues in one session, or it may take several sessions.

Preparing to Negotiate a Parenting Plan for Mediation

With luck, you and the other parent are on the same page about most of the issues surrounding a parenting plan for your children. Mediation should help you both resolve any issues you cannot agree on, or point out a better solution than either of you thought of.

  • Keep an open mind. The mediator is trained to help you and the other parent come together, not advocate one side or the other. If you begin mediation determined to implement everything in your parenting plan, the negotiations will not go far.
  • Learn to compromise. If you can compromise on different aspects of your parenting plan, your mediation sessions will be more productive. Participate in the back and forth brainstorm sessions until you can find a solution to each topic on your list.
  • Keep your emotions under control. Mediation can be tense so keep your attitude professional and controlled. A little balance and humor can also go a long way to setting an amicable atmosphere at the mediation session. It’s OK to ask for a break if things seem to get tense.
  • Listen to the mediator. Trust that the mediator is an expert in helping people agree about child custody. While you need to hold firm to your parenting beliefs and what you feel is best for your children, it’s helpful to listen to a third party who is trained to promote the children’s needs and accommodate each parent’s wishes.

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BELIEVE IN HIGH-QUALITY WORK My experience is solidly rooted in the world of Digital Advertising, Media Planning & Content Writing & Marketing strategy.