What is custody mediation?

Feb 27, 2024 | Family Law

Thomas M. Clark, Esq., (717) 221-7952, tclark@tuckerlaw.com

A custody mediation is where an impartial third party (mediator) assists negotiations of parties involved in custody disputes to resolve and settle such disputes. While the mediator may be an attorney, he or she does not represent either party and is not an advocate for either side in the process. Rather, the mediator facilitates the discussion between the parties and attempts to guide them to their own resolution.

When the parties reach an agreement, the mediator typically prepares a written Memorandum of Understanding that can be used by one of the parties’ attorneys to draft a comprehensive custody stipulation. Each party should have an attorney to answer questions and provide advice throughout the mediation process and to ensure that the terms of the final agreement are accurately reflected in the custody stipulation.

In some counties, mediation is a mandatory step in the custody process. For example, York County typically requires the parties to pay for and attend a mediation session. This mediation session in York County typically takes place after the Conciliation Conference, but prior to a Custody Hearing.

For additional information, please contact Thomas Clark at tclark@tuckerlaw.com or at (717) 221-7952.

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