Custody and Child Support Mediation

Your family does NOT belong in court! Choosing to mediate your custody or child support plan is a simple, affordable and confidential way to resolve your parenting issues.

When mediating your parenting agreement you may want to consider the following:

Parenting Agreement Checklist

__ Parenting schedule, decisions, and information

__ Support

__ Discipline and rules

__ Child care expenses

__ School schedules and events

__ Healthcare fees and insurance

__ School Fees

__ Sport or activity fees

__ Clothing

__ Extracurricular activities

__ Travel

__ Religious education and ceremonies

__ School district

__ Illness and injury

__ Summer school break

Holidays and special days:

  • Christmas
  • Thanksgiving
  • Easter
  • Halloween
  • Mother’s Day/Father’s Day
  • Birthdays
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Memorial Day
  • School Breaks
  • Family Reunions and other traditions
  • Vacations

Consider when determining the children’s schedules, it is helpful to be flexible with one another. Daily life rarely conforms perfectly to a calendar, and working with each other can offer a smoother transition for the children. In the beginning, you may want to try a few different schedules to see what works best for you and your family. However, it may take some time to work out the flow, and when you have the schedule in place, a shared Google calendar can be useful. For most parents, a printable calendar is a good place to start:

Mediating child support is a smart, inexpensive and effective approach to financially provide for your children in both homes. It offers flexibility for your individual family needs and helps keep your family out of court. A good way to start is to prepare a budget for yourself and your children after separation. The ability to customize the support amount so that it works with each of your incomes and expenses while covering the children’s specific needs is key during this process.

A qualified, trained and neutral family mediator can guide you through the custody and child support process and empower you to make smart decisions for you and your family. If you would like more information about whether mediation would be right for you, please contact me at

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