Paternity Mediation Can Help You be a Better Co-Parent
Every child has two parents. We call them co-parents. A child born out of wedlock may bring about a paternity action filed in court. This safeguards the rights and best interests of the child. In addition, it secures the rights and responsibilities of both parents. Oftentimes, the parents may not have a good relationship. They may even feel hostility toward each other. Paternity mediation can help.
Co-parenting is rarely easy, and it is especially difficult when parents live apart. Due to differing styles, personalities, and parenting philosophies, conflict can arise. Co-parents may have different ideas about their role. Paternity cases can be difficult, and disagreements arise. Furthermore, what often follows is expensive attorney fees, long delays, and emotional upheaval for both parents and the child. Consequently, the emotional, physical, and financial costs can be high and long-lasting. Avoid this by using paternity mediation.
Paternity Mediation Helps You Communicate
Especially relevant, there are three issues parents must work through:
- parental responsibility
- time sharing
- child support
Parental responsibility is how the parents share the decision making. Parenting involves a lot of decisions, such as school, medical care, babysitters, and more.
Time sharing is how the parents share time with the child. As a result, you plan for the child’s time with each parent.
In addition, both parents provide financial support for the child. Therefore, Florida has guidelines for figuring child support.
Finally, any of these three issues may result in disagreement. Parents often have difficulty communicating on their own. Mediation can help you work with each other. You can avoid making your child a battleground. Paternity mediation helps co-parents communicate effectively, resulting in solutions that work for everyone in the best interest of your child.