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Parenting Plan Mediation in Omaha

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Omaha Family Mediation Services: Drafting Your Parenting Plan

With over 80 years of experience representing clients in Omaha in family cases, our firm is equipped with the skill and breadth of knowledge to appropriately prepare you and guide you through mediation process as you draft a parenting plan.

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What Is Mediation?

Mediation is a process in which a trained mediator assists the disputing parties to communicate and make informed choices to find a mutually acceptable resolution to their dispute. Parties often report that the mediation process at least helped them better understand the issues involved, whether a final agreement was reached or not. Our attorneys can help provide consult and support in the mediation process as you and your partner negotiate a parenting plan in your child’s best interests.

How to Create a Comprehensive Parenting Plan in Nebraska

Nebraska law requires that parents submit a parenting plan to the court. A plan can be drafted in mediation and finalized by the court, or the entire plan can be ordered by the court if the parents cannot reach an agreement in mediation. Parenting plans should address a number of topics, including:

  • legal custody and physical custody of each child;
  • apportionment of parenting time or other access to each child for birthdays, holidays, school and family vacations, and other special occasions, specifying dates and times;
  • where the child will be during the week, weekend, and given days during the year;
  • a transition plan, including the time and places for transfer of the child between parents’ residences;
  • procedures for making decisions regarding the day-to-day care and control of the child;
  • provisions for a process regarding future modifications to the parenting plan;
  • arrangements to maximize the safety of the parents and the child; and
  • provisions to ensure regular and continuous school attendance and progress for school-age children.

The court will want to know that a parenting plan provides for a child’s safety, emotional growth, health, stability, physical care, and regular and continuous school attendance. Some of the factors a court will examine when considering the child’s best interests include:

  • the child’s relationship with each parent prior to the commencement of the custody action;
  • the child’s desires and wishes, regardless of the child’s age, when those wishes are based on sound reasoning;
  • the child’s general health, welfare, and social behavior; and
  • credible evidence of abuse of the child or any family or household member.

Keep in mind that the ultimate decision about the terms of a parenting plan lies with the court’s evaluation of what would be in a child’s best interest.

Commonly Asked Questions

What are the benefits of mediation in resolving family disputes?

Mediation allows parties to communicate effectively, make informed decisions, and reach mutually acceptable resolutions. It can also help parties better understand the issues involved, even if a final agreement is not reached.

Can a parenting plan be modified after it is finalized?

Yes, provisions for future modifications to the parenting plan can be included in the initial agreement. However, any modifications must be approved by the court to ensure they continue to serve the child's best interests.

What role does a mediator play in the process of drafting a parenting plan?

A trained mediator facilitates communication between disputing parties, helping them make informed choices and find mutually acceptable resolutions. Mediators provide guidance and support throughout the negotiation process.

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Questions? Call (402) 928-2007.

Mediation can help you avoid heavy involvement from the court when developing a parenting plan with your spouse for your children. At Slowiaczek Albers & Whelan, we have attorneys with more than 80 years of experience dealing with family law litigation in the Omaha area. For knowledgeable and high caliber legal support as you work with your spouse to agree on a parenting plan post-divorce, consult our firm to learn more about how we can help.

Let Slowiaczek Albers & Whelan help you get back on track following divorce; call (402) 928-2007 or submit an online contact form to discuss your case with us today.

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