Child Custody Mediation
Child custody mediation is a means of achieving a custody agreement outside of a courtroom, providing many advantages to everyone involved. Frank Tournour of Tournour Law can serve as a neutral mediator as both parties work toward mutually accepted terms of physical and legal custody as well as visitation. To schedule a consultation and learn more about whether mediation is the right approach for your family, please send us a message online or call our office in East Brunswick, NJ, at (732) 418-9772 today. Attorney Frank Tournour is here to help you achieve an amicable resolution that serves your child’s best interests.
A Simpler Approach
Rather than two parents each hiring attorneys and pursuing a custody agreement through numerous court proceedings, mediation involves both parties working out of court with a single attorney serving as a mediator. The parties can choose to meet with the mediator in one room at the same time, or they can meet with the mediator individually.
Reaching custody agreements is almost never simple. However, it does not have to become a legal battle.
Based on the input of both parties, the attorney will draft a custody agreement. Once both parties approve the content of the agreement, it is submitted to a judge for approval. Note that this process will not have any bearing on child support.
Why Choose Mediation
- A faster resolution: Court hearings require both parties to await an initial court date, and all subsequent proceedings must fit within the court’s busy schedule. Due to these circumstances, an agreement reached through court hearings could take months or years. Mediation, on the other hand, can be conveniently scheduled according to the availability of both parties and the mediator, and is often completed in a matter of days or weeks.
- Fewer legal expenses: Instead of both parties needing to hire attorneys, they can share the cost of hiring a mediator.
- A better precedent for the years to come: There is an adversarial element to court proceedings. Mediation, on the other hand, is driven by cooperation. If you and your child’s other parent are able to reach an agreement through mediation, it could set a more amicable tone for the years that follow, which could benefit both you and your children.
Mediation is not the best option in every instance. For example, there may be no semblance of amicability between the two parties, making the formality of a court proceeding the most constructive approach.
Speak with an Attorney Today
Reaching custody agreements is almost never simple. However, it does not have to become a legal battle. With the help of a mediator, you and your child’s other parent can reach an agreement that serves your child’s best interests without having to engage in a lengthier, more expensive process. If you would like to learn more about how a mediator can help you achieve a custody agreement, call our East Brunswick office at (732) 418-9772. You can also submit an inquiry online.