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Why might a Texas couple want to mediate child custody issues?

A litigated divorce can be a costly process. Not only is it costly financially, but it also costs time and emotional stress. This may especially be true if the divorcing couple has children, meaning child custody decisions must be made. It is important for parents in Houston to realize that they will still share a common link -- their child. This means that they will have to work together to raise their child, even though they are no longer romantically involved. It also means that, for the sake of all involved, parents may want to try coming to an agreement on child custody issues on their own, rather than drawing things out in litigation.

One option Texas parents may want to consider is child custody mediation. Mediators are neutral third-parties. They cannot make a binding ruling on an issue. Instead they will help couples discuss their issues in a productive manner, so they can come to a solution. It is a non-adversarial process, so there is no winner or loser. Things said during mediation usually cannot be used in litigation should the mediation process fail, so participants may be more apt to seek out creative solutions and make concessions.

Mediation usually only lasts a couple weeks. Compare that to litigation, which could go on for month or even years. Moreover, mediation can set the stage for positive future interactions between the parents, since the parents will need to communicate with one another after the divorce with regards to their child. Finally, some couples may find that mediation saves them money compared to litigation.

As this shows, there are benefits to mediation, particularly when it comes to child custody decisions. Parents both have a vested interest in seeing that their child thrives post-divorce, and part of what will help a child adjust to life after divorce is having parents that work together to raise them, even if they are no longer in a relationship with one another. Mediation is one way that parents can try to meet these goals, so they can best parent their child.

Source: FindLaw.com, "Child Custody Mediation FAQ," accessed on Jan. 15, 2018

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