Custody disputes can be stressful for both the parents and the children in a family. Traditional litigation involves leaving custody decisions up to the court, and it may not be a good choice for every family. Mediation can offer you a chance to be more involved in your custody decision, and allow for a more positive outcome. Our Madison child custody attorneys are experienced mediators and can assist your family in resolving your custody issues.
Litigation is the traditional way to determine custody after a divorce or separation. Often a costly and stressful experience, litigation involves a custody hearing, at which the judge will make decisions regarding the placement and legal custody of your child. If you want to be involved in your child custody decision, litigation may not be the best fit.
Mediation allows families to talk through their custody agreement with the help of a neutral third party, called the mediator. This method can allow parents to consider their needs and desired for custody. It also can involve input from the child themselves, which may lead to a solution that is acceptable to the entire family and allow the child to feel like they have control. Parents will work towards a solution together, in a less formal setting than the courtroom. Mediation can often happen in a single afternoon and can be a considerably less expensive option.
Mediation allows parents to work through their emotions and cooperate to reach an agreement, rather than cause them to feel like they are pitted against each other in court. This can greatly benefit the family since it can be less strain on relationships and help the child to feel comfortable maintaining relationships with both parents. Mediation often leads to a more peaceful resolution and can foster a sense of cooperation that sets the stage for collaborative parenting for the future.
There are other options for your child custody agreement, and our team can help you find the solution that is the best fit for your family. Balisle Family Law Legal Counsel, S.C. has extensive legal experience helping families reach decisions they need to reach more easily and effectively. We are committed to the best interests of your family, including finding solutions in ways that are less stressful and more personalized to your specific needs.