If you’re going through divorce or separation, your ex may let you know that they’d like to discuss child custody arrangements with a mediator. If you’re not sure how to respond to this, it’s important to get a thorough understanding of what a mediator can do for your family. If you’re a North Carolina resident, here are some of the ways you can benefit from mediation.
What is mediation?
Mediation is the process of settling legal disagreements with the assistance a professional mediator. The mediator will serve as a third party and oversee the discussions between you and your ex to help you avoid intense disputes.
Family law mediators can help you and your child’s other parent sort out custody issues such as child support and visitation. It may be beneficial to participate in the mediation process with your ex to increase your former spouse’s willingness to adhere to the agreements you make in your mediation sessions and to save money by not having to go to court.
When your ex requests mediation
Start by thinking about whether you think trying mediation with your former spouse is a good idea. Unless the judge has ordered the two of you to go to mediation, you can decide if you want to participate. If you think mediation would be helpful in reaching an agreement that works well for your family and is in the best interest of your children, the process could be worthwhile.
Responding to a mediation request
If your ex requests mediation, you should respond to the request in writing. This will prove that you agreed to mediation if you have to go to court later. If you don’t want to participate in mediation, you should state your reason in writing as well. The courts likely won’t see you as uncooperative if you can provide a logical reason for your decision.