MEDIATING A PARENTING PLAN
If you are committed to working for your children's best interest
Our mediators are trained to help
Simply put, a Parenting Plan . . .
- is a “blueprint” for how children will be co-parented from separate households.
- provides for the physical care and emotional stability of minor children
- encourages both parents to continue to fulfill their parenting responsibilities through a shared, written agreement
- begins with a shared belief by both parents that it is in the best interest of their children to have as full a relationship with both parents as possible.
A Parenting Plan is required by the court. It is a separate document filed with the court along with a financial plan and a property settlement agreement.
Essential Elements to a Parenting Plan:
- Parenting time
- Transition plan
- Vacation time
- Access to school and medical records
- Decision making
- Participation and support of activities
- Communication between mother and father
- Children’s communication with parents and family
- What about others who may care for the children?
- How will discipline be approached?
Benefits of Mediating a Parenting Plan
Children’s interests are central to decision-making - mediating a plan allows both parties to come together in a safe, neutral environment, generate options, and focus on the best interests of the child.
Provides a model for how to handle future disagreements – mediation helps to lay out the details for on-going, parent-to-parent communication.
Provides for ‘Reality Testing” – Reality testing involves planning for the “what ifs” that life throws your way. Because they’ve “seen it all”, our experienced mediators bring an extensive list of “what ifs” to the table for discussion and planning.
Offers a high rate of compliance with the agreement – because both parties have worked together to create the agreement there is a high rate of compliance with the terms and conditions included.
How Long Does Mediating a Parenting Plan Take?
A typical Parenting Plan can take from 2 to 3 mediation sessions of several hours each to complete.
What Does It Cost to Mediate a Parenting Plan?
Mediating a Parenting Plan through The Mediation Center is far less costly than using attorneys to negotiate a Plan.
Standard rate is $90.00 per party per hour..
2 sessions at 3 hours each = 6 hours
6 hours x $90.00/hr = $540.00 per party
However, Mediation fees are determined by a sliding scale based on household size and income. No individual will be denied mediation services due to an inability to pay.
Scheduling a Parenting Plan Mediation Session:
To begin the process of mediating a Parenting Plan, simply call our offices at 441-5740. As mediation is a voluntary process, both parties must agree to mediating a Plan. Each party will receive a Consent to Mediate form. Once a signed consent form is received from both parties the first session will be scheduled as soon as possible.
Mediators are neutral facilitators, and it is not their role to give legal advice or to counsel the parties regarding the choices they make. The Mediation Center encourages and advises you to consult an attorney or other professional for advice, and to help you understand and become familiar with your individual circumstance.
A mediated Parenting Plan is a legally binding document.