Do Child Custody Disputes Have to Go to Trial? Provided by Child Custody Strategies Matter No they do not have to go to trial. In fact only a small percentage of custody disputes wind up in trial. The best arrangement is one that both parents can agree on. Custody battles that go to trial create additional trauma for the children. Divorce, regardless how amicable it may be, is very hard on the children. If the visiting arrangements have to be secured in a drawn out legal battle the impact on the children is even worse. Therefore, a mutually agreed upon arrangement is much more desirable. In addition a mutual agreement which you arrive at without legal intervention will save you a lot of money. Even if you secure the services of a mediator the cost will pale in comparison to legal costs. Furthermore, judges usually welcome a mediated agreement. After all no one knows the family better than the parents so they would prefer the parents make the decisions for the family and the children. When parents are unable to reach a mutual agreement the court's decision may not be favorable to one parent over the other. The rendered decision will try to satisfy both sides. That is rarely satisfying to either parent so both feel they are losers in the process. If you are in custody battle, whether or not it goes to court, it is important to have the right information. Knowledge is power and that was never more true than in custody disputes. For gender specific guidance that will help you feel confident and empowered in the custody process click here for men or here for women. This information is state specific.
Do Child Custody Disputes Have to Go to Trial?