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What Happens in Mediation?
Parents are asked to complete and sign an information form. The information form may be obtained and completed in advance. The mediator reviews this form to obtain basic information on the family. During mediation, the mediator will:
  • Meet with the parents together and/or individually. Individual sessions are available in domestic violence cases
  • Ask questions to develop an understanding of the family history
  • Help the parents focus on creating a parenting plan that is in the best interests of their children and may share information on the developmental needs of children.
  • Help the parents address legal and physical custody, holiday and vacation schedules, transportation and other areas that are specific to the needs of the children
  • Help the parents to consider the options and work to resolve all, some or none of these issues
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