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Domestic Relations Mediation

Mediation can be a wonderful tool in ending your marriage or raising your children more collaboratively. In mediation, the two sides will meet with a neutral third party, a mediator, who will help facilitate conversations and negotiations surrounding the biggest issues in your case. The goal of a divorce mediator is to oversee the settlement negotiations of a separation. The goal of a child custody mediator is to oversee the negotiations, parental planning, and decision making.

In court, the judge issues an order which the parties must follow. In mediation, the parties work together to make decisions and plans for what is best for their family. For example, determining whether a child shall participate in traveling sports, who is going to pay the fee, and who is going to transport the child to and from practices and games may be better suited for a mediator’s conference room than a court of law. Agreements reached in mediation are subject to Court approval. Parties who attend mediation often find their parenting plan is more customized to their family’s individual needs.

If you are considering mediation, you will want to select a mediator who is familiar with the parameters of Missouri Family Law