Why Choose Mediation for Child Custody Cases

Determining child custody can be exhausting and stressful for the parents involved, especially if you are also managing a divorce. If you and the other parent mostly agree on the terms of child custody, mediation could be a more cost-effective option for you.

Unlike court cases, mediation offers couples a non-confrontational arena to resolve their child custody issues. By hiring a neutral third party, the couples can navigate and settle their disagreements without the interference of a judge or arbitrator. Mediators are often family law lawyers with specialized training in mediation.

Advantages of Mediation

  • You work with a neutral third-party who was hired by you both and should not act in the interests of one parent or the other.
  • Trials can be lengthy, resolutions made during a mediation meeting can be completed much faster.
  • Mediation will help you and your co-parent better understand one another. Chances are, you will have to communicate for the rest of your child’s life, and working things out through mediation can set the tone for your future relationship.
  • Mediation is a more affordable option.

What if I can’t even be in the same room as my ex?

If you are unable to speak with your ex, mediation can help. You both can be in separate rooms, and your Westlake Village mediation attorney can go back and forth between you and your ex until your child custody differences are resolved.

At Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Graff, we offer mediation services to residents of the Westlake Village community. For more information on how mediation could work for your child custody case, contact our Westlake Village mediation lawyer.

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