Private Mediation may be the answer you are looking for in determining a parenting plan for your child or children.
Imagine; you are at a crossroads. Your relationship with your spouse or partner is over. You may be feeling vulnerable and fragile. You probably never thought you would be at this point, and now, you disagree about how to share the children. Sometimes, ending a relationship has inherent trauma but your hope is to protect your children.
Some parents ended their relationship long ago, however, still cannot agree upon a parenting plan or sharing plan for their children, their disagreement may become emotional and contentious. As a parent, you may try to avoid escalating disagreements with your co-parent, but in this matter, neither of you seem willing to budge. You wonder and ask yourself, “Why is this happening, what are my options?” You may think, “This is really overwhelming, I want to resolve this for the sake of my children.”
In disputes regarding children, most parents find the best solution is self-determined, with little intervention, if none at all by the Court. However, parents who cannot agree upon a parenting plan are often thrown into the Family Court Services system for court ordered mediation. For most parents, this is something they want to avoid at all costs. Court mediations are often rushed, with little or no consideration given to the parents’ concerns or declarations. A written recommendation is made to the court, and has the potential to be in effect for many years.
As an alternative to Court ordered mediation, Private Mediation gives you and your co-parent the time and opportunity to be heard by a licensed professional. You will have time to breathe… and consider many different parenting options. In Private Mediation, the goal is for you and your co-parent to feel supported, even as you disagree; your concerns will be discussed and your declarations will be read. Your children will be the priority in Private Mediation.
With eight years of experience as a Mediator and Child Recommending Counselor with the San Diego Superior Court, Family Court Services, Lynn has worked with thousands of parents facing the same issues you currently face. Lynn understands the importance of being heard and understood, especially when it comes to your children. In working with Lynn, some of the goals in Private Mediation are to build bridges between you and your co-parent, to give each of you the skills necessary in shared decision making and to make things better for everyone involved, for the long-term, to avoid parenting disputes in the future.
Please feel free to contact Lynn for further information and to find out how you can participate in Private Mediation.