When parents divorce, it affects more than just two adults. Any children involved feeling the impact of the end of a marriage. In some cases, mediation can help simplify the process of determining child custody and visitation while avoiding conflict.
North Carolina’s Child Custody and Visitation Mediation Program is an alternative to high-conflict courtroom drama surrounding child custody arrangements. Unless a judge waives mediation, all divorcing parents must participate in the program.
What is mediation?
Mediation is the use of a neutral third party to guide conversations surrounding potentially volatile subjects, in this case, child custody and visitation. The Child Custody and Visitation Mediation Program help parents save time, money and energy that they might otherwise spend in the courtroom by helping them resolve parenting disputes.
What does the program involve?
All parents who participate in the program must complete an orientation class and one mediation session. During the session, a state-appointed mediator helps parents determine any issues or concerns so that they can work through them together. The mediator guides the parents through a discussion on how to best meet the needs of their children while also addressing each party’s concerns.
While the parents are not required to reach any agreements in the mediation, if they do so and both sign a parenting agreement, it may become a court order. If the parents cannot agree, even with the help of a mediator, their case will go to court.
Co-parenting can be a challenge, but North Carolina’s Child Custody and Visitation Mediation Program can help set divorcing parents up for future success.