Parenting Plans & Child Custody

Determining how your children will be raised is one of the most important factors in a divorce. It can also be one of the most contentious. In nearly every case, both parents want what is best for their children, but how they view this can be extremely different. Divorcing parents often allow their emotions regarding their marriage to interfere with how they view their spouse as a parent, and issues related to custody and parenting can grow extremely volatile.

Mediation is an effective way to settle custody and parenting plan issues in California families. Custody refers to the time a child spends with each parent. Parenting plans address custody, as well as other important parenting issues, such as discipline, medical care, extracurricular activities, transportation, and social activities. Essentially, the parenting plan puts into writing a blueprint parents will use in the future for making decisions regarding their children’s lives. It is intended to prevent arguments and confusion during the divorce process and once the divorce is finalized.

There is not doubt that as a divorcing parent your main priority is your children’s well-being. It is possible to work with your soon-to-be-former spouse and share parenting responsibilities and benefits fairly. The key is to create a detailed plan and to put you child’s needs first when it comes to making custody decisions. Barbara Suskind can help.

Barbara is an experienced mediator that helps California couples transition from marriage to divorce with dignity. If you want to make divorce as easy as possible on your children, parenting plan and child custody mediation is the best option. To schedule a consultation to discuss mediation with Barbara, contact her at 925-372-4830 or by email at

Mediate – Don’t Litigate
There are many advantages to using mediation for resolving disputes in family law matters. Particularly when it comes to divorce, there are many couples for whom traditional litigation simply doesn’t make sense. DOWNLOAD E-BOOK