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Wisconsin Custody Mediation

Q: How does custody mediation work?
A: During custody mediation, parents work with a mediator to discuss and negotiate various aspects of child custody, such as visitation schedules, decision-making responsibilities, and holiday arrangements.
Q: What are the benefits of custody mediation?
A: Custody mediation offers benefits such as a child-centered approach, reduced conflict, faster resolution, and greater control over the custody arrangement.
Q: Who can benefit from custody mediation?
A: Custody mediation can benefit parents who are willing to communicate and collaborate, prioritize the best interests of their child, and seek a more amicable resolution to custody disputes.
Q: What is the role of the mediator in custody mediation?
A: The mediator acts as a neutral facilitator, guiding parents through discussions, aiding communication, and assisting in finding common ground.
Q: How long does custody mediation take?
A: The duration of custody mediation varies based on the complexity of the issues and the willingness of parents to cooperate. It can range from a few sessions to several months.
Q: Can custody mediation be used for modifications to an existing custody arrangement?
A: Yes, custody mediation can be used to modify an existing custody arrangement if both parents are open to negotiating changes.
Q: Is custody mediation legally binding?
A: The agreements reached in custody mediation can be formalized and submitted to the court for approval, making them legally binding and enforceable.
Q: When might custody mediation not be suitable?
A: Custody mediation may not be suitable in cases involving a history of domestic violence or abuse, high levels of conflict, or situations where one parent refuses to cooperate.
Q: What if we can't agree on everything during custody mediation?
A: If complete agreement cannot be reached on all issues, the mediator can help identify areas of compromise and facilitate further discussions.
Q: How is the custody agreement finalized after mediation?
A: Once an agreement is reached, the mediator will draft a formal custody agreement, which can then be submitted to the court for approval.

Custody mediation provides a platform for parents to collaborate and make informed decisions for the well-being of their children. If you’re considering custody mediation, consulting with a qualified mediator or family law attorney can help address your specific questions and concerns.

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