The stress of divorce can feel simply overwhelming when parents consider the impact of their divorce on their children. The decision to divorce is difficult on its own, and when children are involved, the process can create feelings of loneliness and isolation in both parents. AMS Mediation offers a wide variety of mediation services, and none are more important than the services that help you and your divorcing spouse determine custody.
Working with AMS Mediation can also help you and your spouse resolve some aspects of the conflict between you by affirming the commitment each of you have to your children. We often find that helping divorcing couples work from a place of agreement—that their children deserve the best from each of them—allows them to make progress in other areas of disagreement.
Child Custody Mediation in South S. Paul
AMS Mediation is equipped to help you with all aspects of child custody, and we have experience with couples who are able to reach agreement amicably and with couples who struggle to agree on even the simplest matters. We can help you determine which kind of custody is most appropriate for you and your children. The umbrella term ‘legal custody’ defines who has the responsibility of raising the children. The term can be further defined as ‘joint legal custody,’ which means that custody is shared by the parents. Further distinctions are almost always necessary, including how much time the children spend with each parent, where they go to school, whether or not they attend church, and other factors.
Another related term is ‘physical custody,’ which is a reference to where your children will reside and what kind of care they will receive. Children whose parents have agreed to ‘joint physical custody’ will have two places of residence, and their parents will have reached agreement as to how their lives will take shape in each of those places of residence.
As you can see, simple concepts related to custody often have complex questions to accompany them. Couples who try, for example, to answer simple questions about bedtimes for their kids in a joint physical custody situation may find themselves in deep conflict. Simple matters can erupt into major difficulty.
Reduce Conflict Around Child Custody
Working with AMS Mediation helps to reduce and often eliminate the conflict that arises over custody questions during the divorce process and after divorce. We understand that such conflict arises because parents love their children so deeply and want what is best for them. We also have the experience and professional background to help you work through the complex questions pertaining to child custody. To discuss child custody further, call us at 952.252.1492.