CHILD CUSTODY MEDIATION

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The most emotional part of any divorce is figuring out which parent will have custody of a child and when the non-custodial parent may exercise visitation. When children are involved, divorce impacts more than just you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse. The settlement agreement you reach can have ramifications on you and your children for years to come.

With something as important as your child at stake, you need to weigh your options and decide whether an alternative means of dispute resolution will suit your needs better than traditional divorce proceedings. Our experienced mediation attorneys are here to answer any questions you may have about whether child custody mediation is the right option for you.

The Mediation Process

A child custody dispute can be a long and emotional ordeal. But, as trying as it is for the parents, it can be even more traumatic for a child who ends up in the middle of an ugly dispute.

In most cases, parents know better than a court what is best for their child. If you and your spouse are mostly in agreement about the terms of child custody, or are willing to reach an amicable compromise, mediation might be the most effective means of reaching a custody arrangement.

The most basic issues to decide in any child custody mediation are:

  • Who has physical custody
  • Who has legal custody
  • Visitation rights
  • Exceptions to the regular custody and visitation schedule
  • How to handle future communication and necessary modifications to the visitation schedule
  • Financial obligations for child support

Even if you and your spouse do not agree on other aspects of your divorce and negotiations are otherwise tense, mediation is still an option for child custody. Both parties do not even need to be in the same room—mediators are skilled at working with parties who do not get along, and will serve as a neutral go-between, attempting to facilitate a mutual agreement that is in the best interests of the child.

The Benefits of Mediation

When it comes to child custody, mediation can have many advantages over traditional divorce proceedings. First and foremost, it avoids dragging your child through a formal and potentially traumatic court appearance. Other benefits include:

  • Efficiency—Typically, mediation results in a resolution much more quickly than trial does
  • Cost—Mediation can frequently be significantly less expensive than a lengthy trial
    Setting the Tone—Parents will have to communicate regarding their child for years to come, and an amicable mediation can set the groundwork for future willingness to cooperate and compromise
  • Privacy—Mediation is a confidential process and, unlike with a trial, the details do not end up in public court records
  • Control—Because mediation is a collaborative process, it’s more likely that both parents will come out with a parenting plan that best suits their preferences and schedules

Our Qualifications and Experience in Virginia Child Custody Mediation

The experienced attorneys at Kurylo Gold & Josey, PLC have deep knowledge of the Virginia laws that impact child custody and support arrangements. We have a proven track record of helping the people of Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George, Caroline and the surrounding communities achieve the best possible outcome in their divorce and child custody mediations.

The experienced attorneys at Kurylo Gold & Josey, PLC have deep knowledge of the Virginia laws that impact child custody and support arrangements. We have a proven track record of helping the people of Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George, Caroline and the surrounding communities achieve the best possible outcome in their divorce and child custody mediations.

Child custody and divorce are emotional issues with long-reaching implications, and you should not attempt to handle them on your own. Our attorneys are here to serve as your neutral advocate in ensuring that your rights and your child’s future are protected. If you are considering taking part in a child custody mediation or have any questions about whether the mediation process is the right option for you, contact us today to discuss your situation.

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Virginia Divorce Attorney Matt Kurylo

MATT KURYLO

Matt Kurylo began his legal career as a legal services specialist in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1998, then as an attorney in Fredericksburg in 2007. He is the founding partner of Kurylo Gold & Josey. In addition to providing assistance to clients, Matt serves as the firm’s managing partner.

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Virginia Divorce Attorney Emily E. Gold

EMILY E. GOLD

Emily Gold focuses on matters of criminal and traffic defense, as well as family law, including divorce and child issues such as custody and visitation. She grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and attended the University of Virginia and George Mason University School of Law.

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Virginia Divorce Attorney Sara S. Josey

SARA S. JOSEY

Sara is a native of Kentucky but grew up primarily in Raleigh, North Carolina. After graduating in three years summa cum laude, Sara attended Campbell Law School, in North Carolina. Sara practices primarily family law and estate planning matters.

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