As a family lawyer, I often see the immense pain and heartache that can result from disputes over child custody and visitation. These disputes can be incredibly complex and emotionally charged, which is why it is important to find a resolution that is fair, amicable, and in the best interests of the child. Mediation is one of the best ways to achieve this outcome.

The Benefits of Mediation

Mediation is a process where the parties  involved in a dispute and their lawyers meet with a neutral third-party, known as a mediator, to resolve the issues at hand. The goal of the mediator is to facilitate communication and help the parties reach an agreement that is mutually acceptable. There are several benefits to this process, including:

  • Cost: Mediation is typically less expensive than going to court, as it involves fewer legal fees and less time spent in the courtroom.
  • Speed: Mediation can often resolve disputes much more quickly than the traditional court process, as it is not subject to the same delays and backlogs.
  • Flexibility: Mediation allows the parties to tailor their agreement to their specific needs and circumstances, which is often not possible in a court-ordered settlement.
  • Emotional well-being: Mediation allows the parties to work together to reach a resolution, rather than fighting against each other in a courtroom. This can be less stressful and less damaging to the emotional well-being of all involved, especially the children.


The benefits of this process are numerous, including cost, speed, flexibility, privacy, and emotional well-being. By working together in a neutral setting, the parties can reach a resolution that is fair, amicable, and in the best interests of the child. If you are facing a dispute over child custody or visitation, contact the team at The Blacknall Firm for representation.