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3 tips to prepare for custody mediation

On Behalf of | Feb 23, 2022 | Child Custody

Those who are going through divorce generally have two options: traditional litigation or alternative dispute resolution (ADR). There are a couple of different forms of ADR, including arbitration and mediation. Those who choose to go through mediation can take some steps to help better ensure the process goes smoothly.

When it comes to mediation to determine child custody matters, the following three tips can help.

#1: Know the basics of how the process works

It helps to have an idea of how the law will impact your case. These matters are governed by state law. In Minnesota, the courts generally look to the best interest of the child standard. This means the state considers a variety of factors when looking at custody including the child’s needs, the role each parent has played in raising the child in the past and, depending on the age of the child, the child’s wishes.

#2: Put together a wish list

This should include two different things, both what you want out of the child custody arrangement and what you do not. Come up with a couple of different parenting schedule ideas and have a couple of absolutes — perhaps you absolutely need to see your child at least once a week or for every other holiday.

#3: Practice an opening and some key points

Child custody experts recommend taking some time to practice what you want to say at the mediation before you actually start the process. Listen to what you are planning to say and adjust as needed to better ensure you make your point without putting the other parent on the defensive. Remember, the goal of mediation is to develop a plan together and set up both parents for a positive co-parenting experience.

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