Custody Dispute Mediations
Custody Dispute Mediation
Whenever two parents separate, the ordeal is generally more difficult than either anticipated, and their lives are altered dramatically. Added to the stress of negotiating the terms of property division and maintenance, having to decide the care and living arrangements for a dependent child is particularly difficult. Under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5/609), when parents come before the courts for a divorce, the circuit court will order their participation in mediation to determine child custody.
If you have to participate in custody dispute mediation, the skilled mediation and child custody attorneys at Mulyk, Laho, & Mack, LLC can help you get through the process expeditiously. We have a combined 50 years of experience and have successfully represented clients in child custody dispute mediations throughout DuPage County and its surrounding communities.
Parental Mediation in Illinois
The Illinois Supreme Court, under Rule 905 of Article IX Child Custody Proceedings, established a program to provide mediation to help parents resolve child-related disputes and come to the right decisions on child custody. This mediation program is applied also to cases involving visitation issues or the removal of a child. The goal of custody dispute mediation is to:
- Provide parents the services and skills of a professional mediator;
- Remove the contentiousness in dispute resolution through the mediation process;
- Foster child-centered negotiations and custody agreements;
- Resolve disagreements in a parenting plan;
- Come to an agreement that is fair to both parties; and
- Write a parenting plan that may be the basis for a workable visitation and custody order.
Contact the Custody Dispute Mediation Attorneys
When two parents can voluntarily come to a mutually agreed upon custody arrangement, the advice and counsel of an attorney is still useful in putting together the appropriate Joint Parenting Plan for submission to the courts. When custody disputes block agreement, the attorneys at Mulyk, Laho, & Mack, LLC, who are trained and experienced mediators, know that mediation may be the key to arriving at a mutual plan that will serve the best interest of your child.
If you need to understand the mediation process, our lawyers will explain your options, and counsel you on the best strategies for attaining your goal of a quality life arrangement for your child, as well as the in-person time you need with your child. Contact our Glen Ellyn, Illinois office at (630) 852-1100 for an initial consultation. We are well-respected by former clients, other attorneys, and the judges in family courts in DuPage County and its surrounding communities.