Preparation is the key when you are in the midst of a child custody battle that is going through mediation in Maryland. By preparing ahead of time, you might not be as easily flustered and better able to make decisions during the mediation process. If you are in this position, make sure that you understand your rights and make sure that you are prepared.
The first thing you should do is to list the points that you feel must be addressed by the child custody agreement. As you think about each point, make a note of what you would like the resolution to be. You should also make a note about whether you are willing to negotiate on each point.
Once you have listed the points you feel must be addressed, you can start to collect evidence that supports your position. This can be especially imporrtant if your position has to do with a history of abuse or other factors. For examples, if you want to limit the amount of time your child spends with your ex because you are worried that your ex might abuse the child, gather evidence that shows your ex is likely to act in an abusive manner. This evidence can include police reports of prior abuse or similar documents.
Before the mediation process, you should meet with your lawyer to have your questions answered and any final issues discussed. As you embark upon the mediation process, make sure that you remain calm. Even when things get heated, remaining calm can go a long way toward helping you get the issue resolved in a sufficient manner.
Source: FindLaw, “5 Tips to Prepare For Child Custody Mediation,” Le Trinh, Esq., accessed April 27, 2016
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