Mandatory Child Custody Mediation

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports in an article dated July 10 that county judges in parts of Missouri – Madison and St. Clair – have introduced mandatory mediation in all disputed child custody cases.

The move to mandatory mediation is considered a positive action to help minimize the damage and cost of child custody cases.

child custody mediationMandatory mediation makes sense to me. Too often parents who have built up a history of antagonism during their marriage bring their enmity with them when deciding on child custody issues. Mandatory mediation will help to calm the parents and encourage them to focus on the needs of the children instead of their own issues.

Child-focused cooperation between parents is also encouraged by the parenting plan, which must now be submitted in most states when filing for divorce.

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