Mediation can offer a lower-cost, lower-stress alternative for settling contentious divorce issues, including questions of child custody and child support. Your Long Island divorce lawyer at the Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC can help you choose a mediator and can accompany you to the mediation sessions, providing advice that protects your legal rights and interests during the proceedings.
Here are some steps to take to prepare for a child custody or child support mediation session:
- Know your goals – and your limits. What are you willing to compromise on? What will you absolutely refuse to walk away without? Knowing your “must have” items and your “we can talk” items can help you stay in control of your goals during the mediation.
- Create a “parenting timeline” and daily schedules for yourself and your child. How has custody been handled during your separation from your spouse? What is your current parenting plan? What is your daily schedule and your child’s, and where do they intersect? These documents will help you identify potential problems and have ready answers when the mediator asks for a summary of the current state of child custody and support.
- Bring copies of financial paperwork. Whether you are asking for support to be paid for the child or are expecting to pay it, bringing a summary of your current financial status and your child’s expected needs can help you advocate for a support payment that will work for you while also meeting your child’s best interests.
- Talk to your attorney for specific advice on your situation. Since every parent-child relationship is different, your lawyer may have specific tips on how you can best prepare to meet your goals.
To meet with a reliable divorce lawyer regarding mediation sessions, please contact the Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC. Call (516) 227-5353 today.