Using Mediation to Resolve Child Custody Disputes

Mediation Advantage Services, Located at the Law Offices of Polly A. Tatum

Agreeing on child custody and parenting arrangements is often the most difficult parts of a divorce or separation. In many circumstances, the adversarial nature of traditional divorce lawsuits can make the situation even worse. Often, child custody litigation encourages parents to get bogged down in making negative statements about one another, rather than concentrating on making a plan that best suits the children and the parents.

Try Mediation to Make a Child Custody Agreement

At the Mediation Advantage Services, we have seen over the past decade how strong mediation can help parents where a traditional lawsuit might fail. Guided by a neutral third party, parents can express their fears and hopes about the children and work out a compromise agreement.

A trained lawyer and mediator Polly A. Tatum has handled more than 3000 family law mediations in more than a decade of law practice. As an experienced and actively practicing family law attorney, Ms. Tatum can inform her mediation clients about the relevant child custody laws in Massachusetts and help guide them to an acceptable and workable custody and parenting schedule.

Mediation of child custody disputes is often more cost-effective than litigation. For more information, please see our page on Custody Mediation Facts & Costs.

When Can Mediation Be Used in a Child Custody Dispute?

Mediation is appropriate for nearly any type of child custody disagreement, including:

  • A dispute in a new divorce or separation proceeding
  • A change in existing child custody or parenting situations based on perceived danger to the child or on changes in the child’s preference
  • Determining child custody and parenting arrangements in families where the parents never married or where the second parent never formally adopted the child
  • A change in child custody or parenting arrangements when the custodial parent wants to relocate out-of-state with the child

Contact Mediator Polly A. Tatum for an Initial Consultation

To get more information about how the mediation process can be effective at resolving child custody disputes, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Mediation Advantage Services. Call our Worcester office at (508) 645-6374 or send an e-mail to make an appointment.