It can be a very emotional process to engage in New Rochelle mediation for child custody issues, but knowing what the unique needs of your children are can greatly increase the chances that your final agreement will be specifically aligned with your family’s situation.
For younger children, like those between birth and toddler ages, there are special considerations worth thinking about before you enter mediation. Consistent schedules, for example, may benefit children in these age categories. Bearing in mind that the guiding factor should be doing what’s best for your children, younger kids tend to adapt better when schedules are kept relatively consistent.
Imagine how much a change like a divorce is going to influence younger children. Even if you have careful and highly-evaluated plans for what life will look like for younger children, there’s no doubt you’ll encounter some unexpected changes along the way. This is most likely to happen when you put a parenting plan in place while the children are younger, expecting that it will continue to work throughout their childhood. In mediation, talk about what the plan will be for addressing changes in living situations or the needs of the children.
Finally, it may be a good idea to include plans for handling emergency situations in your final agreement from mediation. More often than not, each parent wants to be included in the notification process when a child is involved in an emergency. Your agreement should include who will be called in these situations and when, and contact information should be shared regarding backup emergency contacts.
As with any child custody mediation, considering the best interests of the children and being open to communication are a key recipe for success in the future.