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Can't decide on custody? Try mediation

In a divorce case that involves children, it is common for parents to struggle with the idea of spending less time with their kids. The reality is that there is no way to give both parents as much time as they want with their children. The time simply has to be apportioned. Parenting agreements and custody schedules vary, so that is something that you and your spouse will need to talk about in detail prior to the finalization of your divorce.

What should you do if you can't agree on a custody schedule?

It is normal for parents to disagree on a custody schedule. For that reason, one good suggestion is going to mediation to hash out the details with a third party present. Mediation is beneficial because a mediator is there to listen to both of you talk about what you would like to see happen and why.

They can give you samples of previous custody schedules and guide you towards a resolution that you are both happy with. Many people choose to work with a mediator to reduce the likelihood of a breakdown in communication.

If you and your spouse are having difficulty coming up with a custody agreement, talk to your attorney. Your attorney can advise you on the best steps to take next and on how to begin working with a mediator if that's a good option for you.

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