Goals of the Parenting Plan
- Empower a parent with knowledge so he/she can utilize mediation more effectively.
- Assist a parent to optimally "create balance" where he/she feels there is a "power imbalance."
- Explain the possible reasoning behind the mediator's/evaluator's rationale or explain their biases, to enable the client to depersonalize and continue to move towards resolution.
- Express the "voice" of the neutral court professionals who will make decisions if the parents don't reach agreement, so the parent can make less emotional and better informed choices.
- Teach the parent to separate the emotional issues from the legal ones.
- Facilitate acceptance and understanding of the available alternatives to litigation.
- Assist the parent to understand, identify and respond to the cognitive, emotional and developmental needs of their children. Understand the different types of parenting plans.
- Encourage the parent to communicate more effectively with their attorney.
- Teach the parent to say, "Let me think" and allow him/herself time to think or ask about options that are available.
- Encourage and help facilitate resolution by exploring options.
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