Child custody battles are the most difficult and emotional cases in the law. The law does not favor one parent over the other. The Court applies the “best interest of the child” standard. All aspects of the child’s life are considered in making that determination including the relationship each parent has with the child.
The subject is so important and so complex that Mediation is often the only way to resolve such disputes without litigating the matter and letting the Judge determine what is “best” for your children. Each custody case presents sensitive and difficult issues. The opinions and suggestions of each party must be heard and considered. The Mediation process provides a means by which these opinions may be expressed and the solutions found through negotiation. Parents should remember that if they cannot arrive at an agreement on the issues involved in a custody case the final decision on those issues will be made by the Superior Court Judge to whom the case is assigned. There is no doubt that Mediation can play a significant role in resolving these difficult issues while preserving to the greatest extent possible the child’s ongoing relationship with BOTH parents.
To assist you with your custody issue, call Michael J. King, Attorney and Mediator at 770-662-0600.