There are times when a court may order a couple to consider child custody mediation so that the parties that are involved in the suit such as parents who are dissolving their marriage will try to look for an amicable solution to this issue. Such parents would be allowed to sit in a room with a professional mediator and try to come to terms. There are family courts that normally mandate the parties involved to try and work out a child custody arrangement using child custody mediation services in order to try and save them the resources involved in the often expensive court processes.

Child custody arrangements can be extremely delicate matters and in most cases they will require lots of time and patience as the parents work out the smaller details. The said couple will already be dealing with hurt feelings as a result of divorce and in most cases; it will require the input of a third party such as a child custody attorney or a child custody mediator so as to sort out the needs of all the parties amicably. Such a mediator will be able to help in sorting out issues to do with problems, schedules and the needs of the child even as they help you in coming up with a parenting plan. Many family law experts will recommend mediation to see whether the parents can come up with an agreement and when they fail; they can seek the services of child custody attorneys.

The best reason why mediation is recommended is that it can reduce the hostility involved in divorce that was sorted out in court. Mediation provides a structured environment that lets the parties involved avoid getting lost in the shuffle of legal terms. The other additional advantage is the fact that the children can be allowed to speak to the mediator, perhaps through a guardian so that they don’t feel lost or unheard completely. Children’s desires can be heard privately when there is such a need especially when they want to feel a little bit in control of their own lives.

If you are considering choosing child custody mediation, both parties need to clearly understand why they are thee in the first place. As a parent, you may want to talk to your child ahead of time to know what their feelings are; it is important to listen to the concerns of the children regarding potential moves out of the family home, changing schools as well as how they feel about not being able to live with both parents. Knowing what your child needs from you will help you better know what to say to the mediator. Parties that go the mediation route come to an agreement most of the time but when all else fails, be sure to hire a child custody lawyer.

Author's Bio: 

This article is penned by Lora Davis for the family law firm Schreier & Housewirth. Greg Housewirth and Holly Schreier are both divorce lawyers with offices located in Dallas and Forth Worth, Texas. With 25 years of experience handling divorce cases, child custody cases etc you can trust them to help you with your trial.