When you and your spouse decide to divorce, you do not necessarily have to begin preparing yourself for a battle in the Michigan family court system. Even if you have conflicting expectations about child custody, the two of you may still be able to avoid litigation by taking advantage of mediation. At The Law Offices of Lorrie J. Zahodnic, P.C., we have seen many custody disputes resolved peacefully through this process.
According to Parenting After Divorce, conflict reduction is one common result of custody mediation that particularly benefits your children, and because their well-being is probably one of your top concerns, reducing the amount of emotional stress they are exposed to can provide you with peace of mind, as well. Depending on the ages of your children, you and your spouse may be able to include them in the development of the parenting plan, another factor that may make adjustment easier.
If you and your spouse attempt mediation rather than going straight to litigation, your chances of avoiding a lawsuit are as high as 70 percent, and the results are much more likely to be favorable to both of you. When a judge reviews a parenting plan agreement that is obviously crafted with the best interests of your children in mind, he or she is much more likely to approve it without changes.
Mediation is a resolution tactic that may save you a considerable amount of money and time, if you are able to avoid litigation. More information about parenting plans and other custody agreement factors is available on our web page.