Custody Mediation Program
Durham County Courthhouse
510 S. Dillard Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701
When parents separate, changes occur within the family. Many issues such as child custody, child support, alimony, and division of property must be resolved. At times, the parents who are in conflict over these matters seek to have the court (legal system) resolve their disputes.
The Court may be asked to reorganize the family by means of a court order, which oftentimes is reached through difficult negotiations or a bitter trial. Frequently, the parents and child feel like outsiders in the legal process while attorneys and a judge resolve their dispute. Further, the negotiating process and courtroom battle frequently intensify the stress within the family, particularly for the child.
Custody mediation is an alternate method of resolving a custody or visitation dispute. It involves a trained, neutral mediator who helps both parents focus on their child in order to develop an agreement that will provide the best care for the child as opposed to a judge deciding the plan for the child. Mediation attempts to foster agreement, reduce the stress of the conflicts, and place the child's best interest at the heart of the process. See the North Carolina Custody Mediation Program for more information.
If you have questions or need further information regarding the Durham Custody Mediation Program, then please feel free to contact Kristen Hirsch at 919-808-3221.