Dividing time spent between a child is without a doubt one of the hardest parts of divorce. Even if divorce is clearly the best decision for all parties involved, it is never going to be easy to come to terms with the fact that you will likely see your child less often than you did when you were married. However, this does not mean that child custody issues have to become an issue of extreme controversy.
Mediation can be beneficial for a divorce, but it can be especially positive for couples with children, particularly because studies have shown that seeing parents argue and fight can negatively affect a growing child. Instead of arguing over custody matters before the courts, couples can discuss child custody in a less hostile setting that will hopefully allow them to reach an amicable agreement.
The other benefit of child custody mediation is that parents can cater their child custody choices more specifically to their particular circumstances. Courts must take a number of factors into consideration when determining child custody, which may lead to child custody arrangements that are not ideal for either party. Discussing the custody matters with each other can lead to a more agreeable arrangement that both parties are satisfied with.
As beneficial as mediation can be, it does not always work. Sometimes parents simply cannot come to an agreement regarding child custody, and the matter must be settled by the courts. In these situations, it is highly recommended that parents consult with an attorney who is familiar with Michigan law. The aid of an attorney can help parents better present their cases and increase the chances of receiving a favorable custody arrangement.