The goals of mediation are to help you make a parenting plan that is in the best interest of your children; help you make a parenting plan that lets your children spend time with both parents; and to help you learn ways to deal with anger or resentment. (

In mediation, the parents have the help of our lead expert mediators who have been resolving complex cases for over 20 years. If the parents are able to work out an agreement, the mediator helps the parents write a parenting plan that may then become a custody and visitation order if it is signed by a judge.

In some counties, this service is called “child custody recommending counseling” because the mediator (called a “child custody recommending counselor”) can give a written recommendation to the parents and the court if the parents cannot agree to a parenting plan. (