Advantages of Mediation
When it comes to child custody, there are many advantages of mediation. A knowledgeable and experienced divorce mediator can help the two parties maintain an amicable relationship and reach a peaceful negotiation. Contact our office for more details.
Advantages of Mediation | Child Custody
Children can be well served when parents maintain an amicable relationship. Through the structured process of mediation, couples can often set aside hostility and agree on key decisions affecting their children. Mediation can be a highly effective tool for parents to preserve their children’s well-being and the stability of their lives during the often turbulent process of divorce. Mediation takes some of the stress out of child custody conflicts and puts important child-rearing decisions in the hands of the parents rather than the court. Tanya L. Freeman assists her clients develop mediation strategies that often help craft a resolution without the necessity of a trial.
Advantages of Mediation | Types of Custody
In New Jersey, there exist two types of child custody:
Legal Custody: This pertains to a parent’s access to school and medical records. New Jersey precedent prefers joint legal custody in all but extreme cases – for example, when there has been a history of child abuse.
Physical Custody: This pertains to where the children will live. While it’s possible to have a 50/50 physical custody arrangement, you have to think hard about the feasibility of this option: complicating factors include the proximity of both parents’ residences, career obligations, etc. Generally, in New Jersey there will be one “parent of primary residence” – the “custodial parent” – and one “parent of alternate residence,” allotted a certain amount of time with the children. There are countless ways to split this time up, accounting for holidays, summers, weekends, weekday dinners, and travel. While you have legitimate desires to be acknowledged in these decisions, it’s important here, as with all other decisions directly pertaining to the children, to put their interests first.
If you would like more information on the advantages of mediation or are looking to hire an experienced New Jersey child custody lawyer, contact our East Hanover or Jersey City office today to set up a free consultation.