The child custody mediator facilitates communication and problem-solving, which assists the parties in focusing on the needs of their children, the need to reorganize the family and use their strengths, and the need to maintain continuity of relationships and stability in the child's life. The mediator will help the parties to explore the options available to them that will best accomplish these goals.
The mediator does not decide issues but encourages parents to assume responsibility for parenting decisions. Parents are encouraged, but not required, to reach an agreement in mediation. The mediator has a responsibility to solicit from the parents the issues that are significant to them and then to facilitate the mediation of those issues. The mediator shall mediate issues all associated with child custody and visitation. The mediator shall not mediate issues not associated with custody and visitation such as child support, spousal support and equitable distribution.
The custody mediator for Robeson County is the contact person concerning matters addressed in the custody mediation rules. The custody mediator has administrative authority to make decisions with regard to mediation procedure and scheduling. The custody mediator for Robeson County may be contacted as follows:
Ms. Barbara A. Britt
Robeson County Courthouse
Courthouse Box 18
Lumberton, NC 28358