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Understanding Parenting Time Mediation

Of all family law issues, child custody matters tend to be the most stressful and the most contentious. In many cases, two parents who deeply love their children will battle each other for parental control and influence, often to the detriment of the kids caught in the middle.

Ironically, engaging in a contentious legal battle with your co-parent is likely to result in less control for both of you, because judges will make parenting time (custody and visitation) decisions when parents cannot agree on an arrangement. Thankfully, there is a solution for parents who are willing to work together and negotiate amicably: parenting time mediation.

At John M. L. Brown, P.C., we help divorcing and never-married parents negotiate parenting plans that are in the best interests of their children. At the same time, we try to honor the needs and desires of both parents and come up with a parenting plan that works for the whole family. Participating in mediation gives both parents more control over the outcome and avoids a legal battle that could emotionally harm the children.

What Details Need To Be Decided?

Tennessee parenting plans should be as detailed and specific as possible. Writing a detailed plan with the help of a lawyer reduces the likelihood of future disputes and the likelihood that those disputes would require legal intervention.

At the very least, a typical plan might include:

  • A detailed schedule for when the children are with each parent throughout the year
  • A detailed parenting time schedule during various holidays and breaks from school
  • Where the children will attend school and each parent's role in their education/transportation
  • What each parent's authority will be regarding major life decisions that affect the children (religious upbringing, medical care, etc.)
  • Expectations for how the children will be raised and cared for in each parent's home
  • A procedural mechanism for resolving any future disputes outside the courtroom

In a shared parenting situation, ongoing and amicable communication is crucial. And discussing these details in a mediation setting is a good way to build these communication skills with your co-parent.

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John M. L. Brown has been serving clients in the greater Nashville area for 40 years. To schedule an appointment with our firm, call us at 615-823-7457, or send us an email.

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