Child Custody Mediation Puts the Focus on Your Child
Creating the best situation for your child or children should be paramount in every child custody or support discussion. When parents can come to a mutual agreement with the help of child custody mediation or child support mediation rather than litigation, children can be protected from sometimes-lifelong trauma. Child custody mediation is also more efficient and less costly than litigation.
Since 2010, Attorney Kelly Reiter has helped couples work through the very emotional issues inherent in child custody. She is known for helping parents realistically understand what is in the best interest of their child, so that they can reach an agreement that works for everyone. Often, her clients desire a co-parenting relationship, where parents assume joint responsibility for the upbringing of their child.
Through mediation, Kelly helps parents develop realistic parenting plans, outlining how they will raise their children. When their life circumstances change and they need to revisit their plan, Kelly can step in to help ensure that new agreements continue working for the family. Many couples do not realize that typical child custody litigation is often five times more costly than child custody mediation. Learn more about the benefits of family mediation.
Whenever necessary, Kelly Reiter will represent a parent in court in order to help ensure that their desires and their child’s needs are fully considered.
What is “the best interest of the child”?
If your child custody or support case goes to court, the court must consider what is in the best interest of the child in order to make their decisions about custody and visitation. To decide what is best for a child, the court will consider:
- The age of the child
- The health of the child
- The emotional ties between the parents and the child
- The ability of the parents to care for the child
- The history of family violence and/or substance abuse
- The child’s ties to school, home, and his or her community
What is co-parenting?
Through co-parenting, a child’s parents seek to maintain equal or some type of shared responsibility for the child’s upbringing. Although the child may live primarily with one parent, both parents are very actively involved in the child’s life.
What is child custody?
Child custody is the legal and practical relationship between children and their parents. Custody is comprised of physical and legal custody, as well as, visitation.
Physical custody entails time with the children including where and with whom will the children be staying, which parent is in charge at which times, which parent will be in charge of activities, etc.
Physical custody can be:
- Joint – children live with both parents.
- Sole or primary – the children primarily live with one parent and usually visit the other parent.
Legal custody involves decisions about the children, such as determining what decisions can be made without the consent of the other parent, and what decisions must be made by both parents together, such as: health care, education and religion.
Legal custody can be:
- Joint – both parents share the right and responsibility to make important decisions about the health, education and welfare of the children.
- Sole – only one parent has the responsibility to make the important decisions about the health, education and welfare of the children.
Visitation is the plan for how parents will spend time with the children. There are three types of visitation orders: visitation, supervised visitation, and no visitation.
- Visitation: the parent who does not have physical custody of the children for more than 50% of the time has visitation with the children.
- Supervised Visitation: occurs when the children’s safety and well being require that visits with the other parent be supervised.
- No Visitation: occurs in situations when visiting with the parent, even with supervision, would be physically or emotionally harmful to the children.