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Mediation has an increasing role in child custody cases

If you've put a lot of time and effort into your family's happiness, it can feel like a cruel twist of fate if a divorce or similar event pits your desires against those of a former partner or spouse. A lot of touchstones in American society point to harsh and lengthy battles over child care and homeownership, but that is not the way it has to be.

Think about this: all the energy you would spend fighting for your interests could be spent thinking about how children can get through this difficult time. After all, they did nothing to deserve this complication in their lives, yet they will probably live with the consequences for the longest time.

Children also don't want to see their parents fight. It leads to a general feeling of insecurity that may not subside with age. So why fight? You don't need to escalate a conflict or risk abandoning your own interests when you mediate a dispute.

Mediation is approved by the courts of North Carolina as a way of crafting a parenting plan, the guidebook for child custody and support during and after a divorce or separation. Mediators are trained professionals, often former court officers, who can hear your side of a story and needs while also hearing others and helping everyone put them together into a sensible future.

An attorney can also be a vital part of this process. As parents focus on these important issues of child custody and care, an attorney's guidance can smooth the way to fair and useful solutions that are uniquely tailored to meet your family's needs.

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