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Why divorce mediation may be useful for child custody decisions

There are many decisions that parents in New York have to make for their children as they raise them. They have to make decisions regarding what schools they will go to and other education-related decisions. They also have to make medical decisions for the children, such as which doctors they will go to. They also decide which religion they will raise their children in, as well as many other daily decisions about what they eat, what they wear and where they will go.

These decisions need to be made whether the parents are married or divorced. However, if the couple divorces, who will make these decisions is determined by a child custody order. Any time decisions need to be made about children, it can be a very difficult process, which is why it can be a very contentious and emotional aspect of a divorce.

People have two choices for how this decision will be made. Either a judge will make the decision for them or they can reach an agreement. Divorce mediation could be used to help people reach an agreement on child custody and may be a good option for couples.

Mediators are neutral parties who help facilitate negotiations between the parties. This can help the couple be more open and willing to reach agreements. Also, mediation can help the couple resolve their issues much quicker than if they decide to go to trial and have a judge make the decision for them. This also means that mediation can be a much cheaper option than litigation. Mediation can also open up communication between the parents, which can be very beneficial as they move forward raising the children.

Child custody decisions are very important for parents in New York as they go through a divorce. They could have a judge decide for them, but many parents find that mediation may be a better option. It is important for parents to understand their legal rights though so they make decisions that are in their children's best interest.

Source: family.findlaw.com, "Child Custody Mediation FAQ" accessed on Oct. 2, 2017

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