Child Custody Mediation in California: Getting Prepared
In the days leading up to your child custody mediation, work on a 10-minute presentation to give to the mediator. This presentation will discuss the events of your case and explain why you are the parent who deserves custody. A good attorney will help you gather your thoughts and develop a strategy to best succeed during mediation.
Talk about family problems, but also suggest solutions to those problems. This proves you are willing to do the work.
The content of your presentation should clearly state your position on custody matters, including rebuttals to what you assume the other parent will include in their argument. Talk about family problems, but also suggest solutions to those problems. This proves you are willing to do the work.
Make Sure to Practice Your Presentation
Practice your speech to the point of memorization. This ensures you don’t forget key points due to being nervous or feeling rushed. But at the same time, don’t just recite your presentation. Be sincere and approachable.
During the presentation you may get the sense that the mediator is siding with the other parent or you just might not like his or her tone. If this occurs, don’t argue with the mediator; keep your cool and stay positive.
You should also keep your cool if you are interrupted by the other parent. It is tempting to argue, but this just wastes time and could end up making you look bad. Only respond if the mediator asks you too.