Mediation can play a very important role in a child custody case. If you and your spouse have children and decide to separate, it will be important for you to come up with some form of co-parenting arrangement. When parents separate, simple tasks such as pick-up and drop-off from school, and running to and from extracurricular activities may become difficult to coordinate. Although these might seem like trivial issues, these are the types of things that can cause major hassles down the line. If you and your spouse are able to make suitable arrangements amongst yourselves, you may save yourself not only stress, but also expense.
Last month, we discussed one possible avenue for resolving the issues that arise when separating from your spouse: a contractual document often referred to as “Separation and Property Settlement Agreement.” As with any contract, the parties to a separation agreement must mutually agree to its terms. It may be the case that two spouses cannot even bear to sit in the same room with one another, let alone come together in mutual agreement.
Many people still imagine the separation process as an award-winning Hollywood drama, complete with a good guy, a villain, and a plot fit for the likes of reality television. Don’t get me wrong; these cases do exist! But more often than not, the story is not so salacious.