Child Custody Mediation in San Luis Obispo County
1. Make an Appointment ASAPFamily Court Services (FCS) is in high demand, reduced funding for the courts has effected staffing levels and mediators are usually not immediately available. Thus it is very important to schedule a mediation appointment as far in advance as possible. You can call FCS in San Luis Obispo at 805-781-5423 they are now scheduling appointments for both the San Luis Obispo Superior Court and Paso Robles Branch of the San Luis Obispo Superior Court.
2. Give Notice to the other ParentIt is important to give notice of the mediation to the other parent. You can give notice by filing in the information on the front of the Order to Show Cause (OSC) form when you are filing for a new or modified custody and or visitation order. If you have already filed and served the OSC a notice of mediation served on pleading paper along with a proper proof of service. Serve and file this notice.
Prepare for MediationKnowing what to expect and have a game plan will help you conducting a good, effective child custody mediation. Go over your pleadings, now what has been filed by whom and go over it. Make sure you are understand what your children's current and developmental needs are. Consider the state of mind of your children and your spouse. The mediator will consider what is in the best interest of your children, you should consider this as well. It is important to not just consider your wants and desires for your children, but the other parents desires as well.
Going over these points and other concerns with a qualified family law attorney will assist you in being ready for a productive mediation. Prepare a list of your concerns and make sure your questions have been answered to your satisfaction to assist you in optimizing the brief time that you will have with your spouse and the mediator to fashion a child sharing plan that will work for all involved.