3rd Mar 2017
In cases where it is child custody is contested, family lawyers therapists and mediators can help get parents in this difficult situations, it is necessary that the plan developed is child centered so that their children’s interests are taken care of.
Most of the cases can be solved through a mediator, it might be a private one or someone sent by the court, if the couple is unable to reach a plan in the process of mediation next process that they could enter into is evaluation. Mediation takes place for 90 minutes in court-assigned cases, however, in order to have full discussion this time limit can be extended further. In case of private cases there is not time pressure.
Mediators help collect complete information about each parent and organize this information in a useful way. During mediation all history of both the parents is extremely useful. All aspects including childhood, past divorces, past history, parent’s history, parents’ martial status, siblings, relations with siblings, history of crime, domestic violence, etc. are also taken into consideration. You as a parent must be prepared to show yourself in the best possible light.
Mediators and evaluators look for red flags, which mean that there are certain details like dates etc. which do not match among both the clients. Mediators and evaluators then may challenge the dates and timelines. The more each can see with one another’s perspective, the more constructively proceedings will take place.
In order to be successful in presenting actual parenting plan, mediators and evaluators should try to make their clients understand that they should present themselves to be reasonable, articulate and flexible parents and that they should not in anyway disturb the court in anyway while proceedings are on.
At the time of evaluation, you should conduct a safety check on your clients. You have to inspect their homes and see whether things are generally in place. All the residents of the home should make themselves available for the interview and guests should leave within 10 minutes of arrival of the evaluator. Evaluator can ask for references of people you know, it would be better if you can furnish these immediately.
Plans that are not well thought off might turn out to be red flags, so preparing for evaluation in advance is necessary. There are special considerations offered by courts in cases where there is a history regarding domestic violence, abuse, etc.
Therefore, it is required that solid preparations are carried out for the purpose of mediation and evaluation, these can bring success. The client will not make any mistakes since the level of confidence would be higher. These tips will go a long way in maximizing chances of success in mediation and evaluation.
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