If you are struggling with conflict about custody or other parenting issues, I can help you resolve that conflict without going to court. Conflict in this area is some of the most difficult because it can leave both parents feeling so powerless. However, turning the decision making over to a judge rarely helps. Parents are better equipped to make decisions related to their children than a judge, and a court-based custody “battle” can be damaging to the children. In contrast, both Mediation and Collaborative Practice are designed to foster the children’s emotional well-being, while promoting a respectful coparenting relationship between the parties.
In mediation, the parents work together with me as a neutral third-party mediator to create a parenting plan that is in the best interests of the children. I coach the parties in non-confrontational communication skills. This keeps the discussions productive. The goal is to build a settlement on areas of agreement, not to perpetuate disagreement. With the children as our main focus, we create a custom parenting plan that meets the needs of both parents.
My clients have the additional option of choosing co-mediation with myself and a child specialist. This can be useful where the parties desire expertise on the developmental stages and needs of their child or children.
After 16 years and one child, my partner and I were separating. We hadn’t been able to communicate for years, and knew the challenges involved in a separation would require a skilled mediator. Camille King came as a recommendation from a friend. After a few meetings, we were able to arrive at an agreement, had the papers submitted, and are both now able to co-parent and live apart. The decisions we made in her office left us with a healthy blueprint for moving forward in our lives.”
In collaborative practice, the children’s best interests are also the central goal. The collaboratively trained attorneys and mental health coaches work with the clients toward a parenting plan that is child-centered and promotes a healthy, sustainable coparenting relationship.
Even high conflict coparenting issues can be addressed via mediation or collaborative practice.