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New Yorkers prefer mediation to litigation for child custody

Child custody cases are often fraught with controversy, with both parties making acrid allegations against one another. A bitter child custody battle costs a couple more than increased legal expenses; it often leads to increased psychological stress and trauma for the minor children stuck in the middle of the dispute. The attorneys at Carton & Rosoff, PC are seeing an increasing trend in their practice where many divorcing New Yorkers are opting for mediation instead of the traditional court procedure.

Establishing child custody and a support agreement can often be complicated due to court's long-standing process of establishing the best interests of the child. Many New Yorkers seeking child custody often seek out alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, such as mediation, to reach an amicable settlement without legal dispute or interference of the court.

A big advantage of choosing child custody mediation over a traditional court procedure is that mediation is a more cost effective and timely way to reach an agreement. Additionally, having experienced attorneys can often help make the child custody mediation process speed through to a mutually amicable settlement. Mediation includes appointment of a neutral third party, the mediator, who encourages and hears the arguments of both parties and their legal representatives. In general, mediation is recommended and preferred by attorneys when both parties to a dispute have an ongoing relationship that shall continue even after settlement of the dispute. Thus, mediation becomes an ideal choice for child custody disputes.

After listening to both sides, the mediator provides a child custody agreement that is both amicable, beneficial and in the interest of all parties concerned. Much like court procedures, the mediator also ensures that the best interests of the child are preserved and given the utmost importance in a child custody dispute.

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