Out of anger, some individuals hurt by divorce want to engage in a bitter custody court battle that ends in a judge deciding child custody, a move they hope will hurt the other parent. This approach rarely achieves the desired outcome and usually just serves to tear a fractured family even farther apart.
Sometimes going to court to determine child custody is the right thing to do. Parenting time plans can be created quickly and peacefully with the help of your family law attorney or mediator. As part of your divorce plan, explore out-of-court settlement options that can lead to a more peaceful resolution.
One out-of-court option is to consider mediation, which is a settlement process in which parties sit down with a neutral third-party mediator to negotiate and reach an amicable resolution to your matter. Child custody can be mediated as long as both parties are willing to work through their issues together.
Mediation takes much less time compared to a drawn-out custody battle and is typically much lower in cost as well.
Bari Zell Weinberger is the owner and managing partner of Weinberger Law Group in New Jersey. She is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney.