Child Custody Disputes

Learn How to Handle Child Custody Disputes in a Divorce

Are you going through a divorce and have child custody disputes? Learn how mediation can help in this educational video by Tanya L. Freeman, a dedicated divorce attorney in New Jersey.

If you and your spouse have children, how you are going to interact with each other after the divorce matters. Where are the children going to live? Is one spouse going to be the primary parent, and will the children have visitation with the other parent? Are you looking for a shared parenting arrangement, where perhaps the kids spend equal time with both parents? What are you going to do about the holidays? What are you going to do about child support? What about college, private school, summer camp, and extracurricular activities?

How about out-of-pocket medical costs? Your children may need braces, glasses, contact lenses, or other medical equipment. How are you going to address each of these issues? It might sound like a very daunting task, but the court is going to expect you to be ready to either resolve each of those issues with your spouse, or you will be required to litigate those issues at some point in time in your process of divorce.

Issues involving the children are often perfect for mediation. Depending on how a particular jurisdiction offers mediation services, some courts have mediation right at the court house. There are mediators that are employed by the court, and they will help spouses work through some of these issues. In other jurisdictions you can hire private mediators; these mediators will meet with you and your spouse, and they can help you work through how you are both going to not only share time with your children, but also share the children’s expenses.