An Innovative, Child-First Approach to Mediation
Mediation can be a less expensive alternative to litigation. Typically mediation occurs between both parents and a neutral mediator, but our child-focused mediation is an innovative option that puts the needs of the children first.
Finding Child-First Solutions
Mediation can be used as an alternative to the courts or to fulfill a legal requirement of the divorce process. In child-focused mediation, our attorneys work with parents involved in custody disputes to find solutions that benefit the children, which makes for a healthier family environment even after divorce.
Polk and Dallas County typically practice “caucus style” mediation, where a mediator meets separately with both sides in a dispute to understand their needs and concerns. Iowa Center for Children’s Justice offers other innovative options that improve transparency and communication between parties in order to achieve child-focused resolutions.
These options include:
- Child-inclusive mediation
Children who have had an opportunity to express their views about the issues affecting them often feel less anxious as a result. Child-inclusive mediation gives children the opportunity to have their feelings heard.
- Two mediator team approach
Involving more than one mediator can improve communication between both parties which reduces conflict and makes the process more efficient. Both sides in a dispute benefit from the additional expertise and different perspectives that two mediators provide.
- Single- or extended multi-session mediation
Reaching a resolution is the most important outcome of the mediation. Allowing the possibility of extended or multi-session mediations keeps the focus on achieving a beneficial result instead of keeping to a time limit.