Custody and Co-Parenting Agreements
Conflict over co-parenting is one of the most difficult in family law, because the stakes are so high. It can leave both parents feeling angry, hurt, and powerless. I provide a way to fairly resolve these conflicts that allows for you to have more control over the final outcomes, and the room for a more nuanced approach than courts do.
Even for parents who see no hope of reaching agreement with each other, turning to a judge to make parenting decisions is never a desirable solution. As parents, you are naturally better equipped to make decisions about your children. Mediation or collaborative practice keeps these decisions in your hands, promotes a respectful relationship between you both, and puts the focus on your children’s emotional well-being.
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 mediation, I work with parents as a compassionate but neutral third-party to create a parenting plan in the children’s best interests. I coach the parties in non-confrontational communication skills to keep the discussion productive and build a settlement based on areas of agreement. With the children as our main focus, we create a custom parenting plan that honors each parent’s bond with the children. I also offer clients the option of co-mediation with myself and a child specialist where the parents desire expertise on the developmental stages and needs of the children.
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.