Even after parents in Rhode Island divorce, they may find that they cannot simply cut all their ties from one another. After all, they still must work together to raise their child, even after their marriage has ended. And for the sake of the child, it is important that parents try to remain amicable and cooperate with each other when it comes to child custody and visitation.
That being said, lives change, and a child custody and visitation schedule that was implemented when the child was young may not meet the parents or the child's needs years later. In addition, a new job, a move to a new city or state or a new marriage may also affect an existing child custody and visitation schedule. In these situations, parents in Rhode Island may turn to family mediation as a way to resolve their issues.
For some, mediation is less costly than court intervention. In addition, some find that they are able to reach an acceptable resolution quicker through mediation, rather than traditional litigation. Mediation can be a useful tool for parents who want to work out their post-divorce differences in a constructive manner. However, in order to be made legally binding, decisions agreed to through mediation regarding child custody and visitation will need to go to the court for approval.
Rhode Island attorney Steven Hirsch has served as a mediator in the state's Family Court system for over two decades. He understands that even parents who could not stay married still need to work together to raise their child. He knows that although mediation may not work for everyone, many find it useful. His website contains valuable information on post-divorce mediation that parents in Rhode Island may want to explore.