If you and your former spouse or partner have a custody dispute, consider child custody mediation as a viable way to resolve the issue privately outside of court. Solving your dispute through mediation allows you and your spouse or partner to decide what is best for your children, rather than putting important decisions in the hands of a judge.
ALBUQUERQUE, NM CHILD CUSTODY MEDIATION SERVICES
The divorce and child custody mediators at Terry & deGraauw, P.C., provide mediation services in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We assist divorced couples, as well as those who never married but have children in common, resolve issues like custody and child support.
WHAT IS DECIDED IN CHILD CUSTODY MEDIATION?
Today, New Mexico courts encourage parents to work out child custody disputes through mediation instead of divorce litigation. If you are unable to resolve your disputes in mediation, a judge will make any parenting decision you leave unsettled. A few basic issues to be agreed upon in mediation include:
- Legal custody, or how the parties will share decision-making responsibilities that affect the children.
- Physical custody, or with whom the children will live.
- Timesharing, or when each parent will have time with the children.
- Child support, the obligation to provide financial support to the children.
At Terry & deGraauw, P.C., our divorce mediators encourage you and your ex-spouse to exchange information and utilize productive, non-adversarial techniques as you work to reach an agreement. We may also help refer certain aspects of your case to other professionals to provide additional support while you and your ex-spouse or partner decide what is best for your children.
KEEPING CHILDREN OUT OF THE MIDDLE IN A DIVORCE
When you and your spouse or partner agree to resolve your issues through mediation, you create a model for how you co-parent in the future. Mediation is much easier on children than courtroom battles, allowing you and your ex-spouse or partner to make decisions together while keeping your children out of the middle. This is especially important for parents with young children as you will have to co-parent your children for many more years after divorce or separation.
CONTACT OUR ALBUQUERQUE DIVORCE MEDIATORS
The Albuquerque divorce mediators at Terry & deGraauw, P.C., have extensive experience mediating divorce, custody and visitation cases both privately and as court-appointed Guardians ad Litem. To learn more about our family law mediation services in Albuquerque, New Mexico, contact us to schedule a consultation.