Child Custody and Visitation Issues

The relationship has ended and the parties wish to go their separate ways, but issues of custody and visitation can continue for years.

In making decisions about your children, it is important to think about what is best for the child, or children, and not about "getting even" or "hurting" the other parent.

Parents must consider what will work out best for the long term, at least until the child is eighteen. Children do best in a loving, stable environment. It is important to remember that the child loves both of his parents. Consideration also must be given to maintaining the child's connections with his extended family, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mediation provides an opportunity to settle issues without having to return to court. Mary Ellen has years of experience as a Guardian ad Litem for children in Juvenile Court and in mediating parenting issues in both Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

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