If you are planning to divorce and you and your spouse share children, you will be asked to agree on a parenting plan as part of the divorce process. The parenting plan, or parenting agreement, describes each spouse’s rights and responsibilities, including scheduled parenting time. Reaching an agreement about the terms of the parenting plan is often a difficult task for divorcing couples. Mediation is one type of alternative dispute resolution that is often useful in resolving disagreements regarding child-related issues such as the allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time.
Mediation Is Usually Less Expensive and Less Stressful Than Litigation
When a divorcing couple cannot reach an agreement about the terms of their divorce, the case may go to trial. Courtroom litigation can be an expensive and demanding process. Mediation is typically less traumatic for both parents and children, and considerably less expensive than litigation.
Mediation Allows Parents to Be in Control of Their Parenting Arrangement
If parents are able to reach an agreement regarding child custody through mediation, the parents themselves are the ones who will determine the allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time. When parents are deeply involved in making the child custody decisions instead of the decisions being handed down by a judge, they may be less likely to violate the terms of the parenting plan in the future....