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Exploring The Legal Process

Hello everyone! I'm Gael Phillips. It is nice to meet you. I'm here to talk to you about criminal laws, court proceedings and legal repercussions. I feel that sharing this knowledge is important, as many people do not realize how the legal process works. My first, and only, scrape with the law left me shaken. I did not know what to expect throughout the entire case, so I felt unprepared for the outcome. I hope to share my knowledge with people who are in need of support throughout the legal process. I will also post stories full of information about past legal cases for an idea about how the law works. The legal process doesn't need to be scary and mysterious. Sharing stories can give others the insight they need about their situation. Thanks for visiting, come back often!

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Is Court The Right Option When Child Custody Is At Stake?

When child custody is disputed, there are alternative methods to court that can help parents resolve outside of a courtroom. These alternatives focus on promoting effective communication, cooperation, and the best interests of the child. If child custody is an issue, consider some possible alternatives to court as explained below. 

  • Mediation: Mediation involves a neutral mediator. This mediator encourages a dialog between the parties to help them reach a custody arrangement that satisfies everyone. The mediator assists in identifying common goals, exploring various options, and finding compromises. Mediation allows parents to maintain control over the decision-making process and encourages cooperation and communication.
  • Collaborative Law: Collaborative law is a process in which each parent retains their own collaboratively trained attorney. Both parties and their attorneys commit to resolving the custody dispute without going to court. The parents and their attorneys work together in a series of meetings to negotiate an agreement that meets the best interests of the child. Other professionals, such as child specialists or financial experts, may be involved if needed.
  • Parenting Coordination: Parenting coordination involves the assistance of a qualified professional who helps parents resolve conflicts and make decisions related to parenting matters. The parenting coordinator helps facilitate communication, provides guidance, and, if necessary, makes recommendations to the court regarding custody and visitation issues. The goal is to reduce conflict and promote effective co-parenting.
  • Arbitration: Arbitration is a more formal process where an arbitrator, similar to a judge, listens to both sides of the custody dispute and makes a binding decision. It provides a private and streamlined alternative to court proceedings. The arbitrator's decision is enforceable by the court, and the parties agree to abide by the outcome.
  • Parenting Plans: Parents can work together, with or without the assistance of professionals, to create a comprehensive parenting plan. This plan outlines the details of custody, visitation schedules, decision-making processes, and other important aspects of raising the child. Creating a detailed parenting plan can provide clarity and structure while promoting cooperation and reducing conflicts.

Naturally, the appropriateness of these alternatives may vary depending on the complexity of the custody dispute and the willingness of both parents to collaborate. Some parents find that a combination of the above methods can be utilized, such as starting with mediation and moving to arbitration if an agreement cannot be reached.

Consult with an attorney who specializes in family law to understand the specific options available in your state and to determine the best approach given your circumstances. 

Reach out to a family law lawyer to learn more.