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CAN DIVORCE MEDIATION HELP WITH CUSTODY?

Californian parents have to decide what sort of custody arrangements they want for their family after the divorce. This can certainly be one of the most harrowing things to figure out, but fortunately, you don't have to muddle through it alone.

Encyclopedia.com states that mediators work to aid parties that are experiencing differences but need to cooperate or compromise on certain matters. The mediator acts as a bridge through which these parties can communicate. In matters of divorce, you and your spouse are the parties in question.

Mediators can help with a number of divorce-related issues, helping couples figure out matters such as:

  • Alimony and child support payments
  • Child custody
  • Visitation schedules
  • Property division

Of particular note is child custody, which is a hot button issue for many parents in divorces. You may have heard that recent studies have shown that children of joint custody tend to fare better on a whole than children of sole custody. But what do you do if you don't think you can compromise on custody terms?

Mediators can step in and help you and your spouse communicate your desires, preferences, and concerns. They may be able to help you work out a custody arrangement that you both can be satisfied with, while simultaneously being of maximum benefit to your child.

Custody issues can be complex and painful to deal with. You don't have to deal with them alone. Mediators and legal experts in matters of divorce can help you get the custody arrangement that you can be satisfied with.

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