In most cases, the parents are required to go to a mandated mediation session where a mediator
will conduct an assessment of the situation overall-- in most cases the parents have not reached an agreement on visitation. If they did reach an agreement, the mediator might add additional provisions.
In addition, especially in cases which are problematic, the parents are told to use "Talking Parents" which is a website that allows the conversations between the parents to actually be SEEN by the judge.....there is no cost in most cases to use this service. Parents are given instructions when they sign up for the mediation appointment.
Most parents go into mediation blind, meaning, they have no idea of what is going to happen, so they tend to just try and argue about various issues. This is not the best approach obviously because the mediator's job is to create a workable solution that is somewhat fair given the specific circumstances. Many parents are very unhappy with results of mediation, this is very common.
If you have read this far, then you may be interested to know that attorney herein actually helps clients prepare for mediation. Each case is different, and attorney wants to make sure the client knows what not to do, and what is either productive conduct, positive, or helpful. Many clients have no idea that what they may do is actually harmful to their case. This should be avoided obviously, if one is trying to get another to see their "side." This type of situation always comes up, because if you are going to mediation obviously there is some disagreement. Attorney has been doing these types of cases for more than 20+ years and can likely even predict which parent has a better chance of getting what they want for the kids.
If you are going to mediation and have a situation which is difficult, you will definitely need help preparing for mediation. Attorney has much experience in this area, so call today to find out if we can help you on your case!