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3 benefits of using mediation to resolve child custody disputes

Disputes and disagreements often arise during separation or child custody negotiations in Florida that cause a breakdown in communication and stall resolution, causing many parents to rely on the courts to intervene. When the courts become a part of the process, guardians lose the opportunity to structure their arrangements in a manner that benefits the entire family. Not all custody and parenting disputes require the involvement of the judicial system. Mediation is a process parents can benefit from if they want to resolve their issues through collaboration. 

Mediation requires the involvement of a neutral third party. This individual helps facilitate the process, rather than take sides or offer advice beneficial to only one party. The facilitator may ask questions and help parents identify potential concerns so they can work together to create a child custody and parenting arrangement that is the most beneficial for the entire family. Here are three ways parent benefit from using mediation in child custody and parenting negotiations

How to improve the odds of a more successful divorce mediation

Couples all over Florida will divorce in 2019. However, some cities will likely see higher divorce rates than everywhere else. Some of the Florida cities with the highest divorce rates include South Pasadena, Cape Canaveral and Orange City. 

For any couples divorcing in the coming year, it is a good idea to look into mediation. No matter how amicable the split was, there will certainly be issues you disagree on. Instead of fighting in court, you and your spouse should meet with a mediator to go over everything. You can settle on these matters privately, so when you get to court, everything becomes much simpler. 

3 things to know before your first divorce mediation session

If your first mediation session is on your schedule, you are likely feeling nervous. You may not know what to do or how the other party will behave. Anticipating your first mediation meeting can be stressful, but you do not need to worry.

First, it is important to remember that mediation is a great option to keep emotions at bay, save money and get through your divorce faster. Next, you can take some simple steps to prepare so you are not so anxious.

Modification of Parenting Plans in Florida

You need a modification - your parenting plan is not working. Changing up the routine would be in your child's best interest. Surely the court will care that your child is unhappy & that the schedule is not working. Maybe but, we have some rules and procedures we have to follow if you want to be successful.

Do grandparents in Florida have visitation rights?

As a Florida grandparent, you may have any number of reasons for wanting to establish a legal visitation arrangement with your grandchild. Maybe you have complicated family dynamics that typically keep you and your grandchild apart, or perhaps you have concerns about your grandchild’s parents’ abilities to raise him or her appropriately. Regardless of your reasoning for desiring grandparent visitation, however, your situation must meet certain specific circumstances for a judge to grant visitation to you.

So, under what circumstances might you be able to secure legal visitation with your grandson or granddaughter?

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