Family court searches for alternatives in custody matters
In Salt Lake City, many divorcing couples show interest in alternatives to the traditional approach to divorce, which sometimes can be filled with conflict and contention. And for former couples who have children, they often hope for a divorce process that will be as minimally disruptive as possible on the kids. Some couples at the end of their relationship have had success with processes where they talk through issues and concerns, such as collaborative divorce, which is an approach that relies on communication and negotiation away from a courtroom. One family court in Minnesota has created an alternate method for parents to resolve their child custody issues. Parents who use the co-parenting court instead of regular family court complete a series of classes that promote crucial parenting skills. The classes teach the parents to communicate with each other effectively. The parents then use their new communication skills to draw up a parenting plan that is reviewed by a judge.
If the co-parenting court approach is deemed successful, more states might consider implementing similar programs in the future. Like a collaborative approach to family law, the co-parenting court offers more flexibility to create a parenting plan and hopefully allows the parents to avoid unnecessary conflict. If you are going through a divorce or a child custody dispute, you might consider talking to an attorney about whether collaborative law or family law mediation is right for you. There are family law attorneys in Utah who are trained to use negotiation and mediation techniques to help resolve your divorce and custody issues.