Whether by choice or by consequence, your life has veered off the course you mapped out and now some very important decisions must be made regarding the one thing you and your former partner/spouse always will have in common: your children. Ending a marriage or relationship can be very difficult, especially when children are involved, and how you act as divorced parents can arguably have the greatest impact on how well your children will adjust to these major life changes. That's where a Mediator can help.
Midway Mediation & Counseling, LLC provides professional mediation services for people with children under the age of 18 who are getting divorced or who are terminating an unmarried relationship. We assist those who are court-ordered to resolve parenting differences, as well as those who voluntarily want to take advantage of the skills and expertise of a qualified mediator to help them resolve parenting differences before, during or after legal dissolution of the relationship.
A Mediator is a neutral professional who, rather than make decisions for you, is trained to empower you, as a parent, by helping you to negotiate effectively with your spouse/partner to resolve your disagreements in a fair and mutually agreeable way that will recognize, foster and preserve the best interests of the children.
It's all about the kids
A Mediator will help you and the other parent to create a parenting plan that outlines important details like parenting time, holiday schedules, vacation schedules, what each parent's responsibilities are, and how important decisions will be made regarding education, religion, medical, extra-curricular activities and many other topics that arise from parenting minor children. These details are generally required by the Court, and mediation empowers you to make those decisions for your children rather than allow someone who has never met you or your children to make those decisions for you.
Mediation is an effective process even for parents who have not been able to make decisions or discuss important topics without major conflict. However, it is generally not an effective process for parents whose relationship is characterized by serious domestic violence patterns. If you are not sure if mediation is right for you, you will have an opportunity to speak confidentially with the mediator prior to beginning any joint mediation sessions, and all mediation candidates will complete a domestic violence screening questionnaire.
The process is confidential and cost-effective, especially when compared with the financial and emotional cost of going to trial, and the solutions are flexible and tailored to your family's specific needs. Sessions are about an hour in length and most parenting plans can be created in 4-6 sessions or less, though more complicated cases may take longer and cases where there are few disagreements can be completed in as little as one session. The office-based setting is relaxed and comfortable. It is a definite win-win.