It is possible to reach a custody decision out of court

When it comes to questions of child custody, many parents assume the only option is to let a court decide what is best. While this is the end result in many cases, it does not have to be.

Child custody can be resolved in other ways, such as through informal negotiations. While this may sound more challenging than going to court, there are many benefits. For example, this gives both parents more say as to what is happening. Furthermore, and just as important for many parents, the parents will have the opportunity to come to some type of resolution in a more time efficient manner.

Believe it or not, a large number of child custody cases are resolved before reaching family court. Parents should be aware that other options, such as mediation, can speed up the process, save them money and give them a greater voice in terms of making decisions.

Just like anything, there are challenges associated with reaching a child custody decision outside of court. For example, both parents must be open to this idea. Additionally, professional help is still required, with both parents typically hiring an attorney to guide them and provide advice.

Even when things turn bad, many parents understand that taking their child custody case to a family court judge could simply make things worse. This is why they focus on other ideas, such as mediation. If nothing else, it makes sense to learn more about the many strategies for reaching a custody decision. This allows everybody involved to move forward in the manner in which he or she is most comfortable.

Source: FindLaw, "Working Together to Resolve Custody," accessed May. 14, 2015

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