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Using mediation techniques to resolve post-divorce custody issues

For many of the parents in Kennesaw who have divorced, they are well aware that they will never really have their child's other parents out of their lives. Especially for those parents who have joint custody, they will have to interact with their exes on a regular basis, sometimes daily. Although some of these parents have been able to develop a friendship or at least are cordial, others must use a child custody attorney to communicate with their former spouses.

So, what do Georgia parents do when they are at a stalemate? Some people within the family law field recommend using mediation techniques to resolve disputes, or at least to come up with some alternatives to the problem at hand.

Take, for example, a common custody dispute for parents: summer plans. Say a mother wants to take her son on a month-long trip abroad, but the custody agreement with the child's father requires parents to switch off by week during the summer. Let's also say that the father is completely opposed to the mother taking their son out of the country. What to do?

Both parents can be honest about why they want what they want. They can separately list out their reasons, exchange lists and come up with alternatives that will still take into consideration the other parent's concerns.

If, for example, the father is concerned about his son leaving the country because of the stories he has heard of mothers taking children out of the country and never returning, the mother could suggest a trip to somewhere else in the United States. If, for example, the mother wanted to take their son abroad to expose him to history, the father might suggest historical sites in the United States. Since both suggestions are fairly similar, the parents may be able to compromise without leaving anyone too put out.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Mediating Your Summer Camp Squabbles," Diane L. Danois, May 13, 2013

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