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Ways to settle child custody issues

Florida parents may have different ideas about what is the best for their children and about who should be able to make those decisions. In addition to building effective communication between one another, parents who are divorced or in a middle of a divorce have multiple options when it comes to settling disputes regarding child custody.

Litigation is one option parents can use. However, some of the issues that parents spend their money to bring before the court, such as whether or not a child should participate in extracurricular sports, may be better addressed through other forms of resolution.

A mediator may help both parents come to an agreement regarding issues that they have yet been able to resolve. Almost any issue related to a divorce, including those pertaining to child custody and support, can be addressed so that there is agreement between the two parties. Once a resolution is reached, it is drafted into a legally binding, formal agreement by each parent's attorney and submitted to the court.

Collaborative law sets aside litigation as a method of resolving disputes regarding the welfare of a child and focuses on discussion instead. Third-party specialists, such as a child specialist, are consulted to help both parties arrive at settlement terms with which they can both agree.

Co-parenting counseling and co-parenting coordination can also benefit help divorced parents who are in conflict. Counseling emphasizes improving the relationship between the parents and is particularly helpful for couples who have just separated. Co-parenting coordination employs a parenting coordinator to help resolve minor custody disagreements.

Child custody disputes can become contentious in many cases. Parents who are going through one may want to have the advice and counsel of their respective attorneys when attempting to resolve the open issues.

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