When a family goes through the mediation, there is often an emphasis placed on co-parenting – both parents sharing the responsibilities of caring for the children. It is important that spouses and co-parents find an approach to child custody and timesharing that suits their own family’s background, circumstances, needs and preferences.
In mediation process, the couple may enter into an interim agreement regarding parenting issues while the couple works on financial and other issues that need to be resolved.
The purpose of such an agreement is to stabilize the situation and enable each party to feel protected as the couple works towards resolution. While one parent may not have officially moved out of the family residence, the interim agreement may specify that the parent will be securing a new residence and that the other parent will remain in the home.
The interim agreement can also state how the parenting arrangements will work for the time being. For example, it may state that the children will remain in the family home with one parent, but that the other parent will have reasonable and consistent access to the children and able to spend time with them. This may happen at the marital residence or elsewhere.
There are many options for such an agreement. There is no single ideal schedule. Different schedules work better for children of different ages. The idea is to agree on a parenting plan that is practical and one that allows each parent to have a meaningful role in the children’s lives.
Mediation is a process that allows couples to think creatively and practically about the parenting plan that will work best for their family. A legal agreement that lays out clear guidelines for decision-making and parenting responsibilities is a good foundation for a healthy transition to a family living in two homes.
Should you be in the midst of a divorce or contemplating divorce, contact the Law Offices of Renee Lazar either through email or telephone 978-844-4095 to learn more about the mediation process.