Family MediationResolve family disputes your way!
ACCORD trained mediators can help you with parenting arrangements:
Custody | Visitation | Parent/Teen Mediation | Child Support | Other
Custody and Visitation
Mediation is a worthwhile option for parents when creating an agreement concerning custody and visitation. Parents decide what the parenting plan should be. If parents agree to a custody and visitation arrangement, ACCORD staff will draft an agreement to be submitted for review by a Family Court Judge. Our trained mediators will discuss with you primary residence, options for weekdays and weekends, holiday schedules, birthday plans, and specifics regarding transportation, all while recognizing and acknowledging the needs of both parents and children.
ACCORD mediators are trained to facilitate dialogue and understanding between parents when discussing financial decisions. Child Support Mediation includes a conversation regarding who will provide health care coverage, payment of unreimbursed health care expenses, and child care and/or educational expenses. Our mediators will inform parents that the cost of health care coverage may be deducted from or added to the support payment and will inform you that changes in custody and visitation MAY have an effect on individual child support entitlement or obligation.
The Child Support Standards Act is the name given to a set of laws that contain a formula for calculating child support. It establishes child support amounts that allow children to have an appropriate standard of living, based on the income of their parents. Both parent’s incomes are considered in the formula even if they have joint custody because both parents have the duty to support their children.
As always, any written agreement may be reviewed by an attorney, and ACCORD staff will answer questions to the best of our ability. For additional information, feel free to contact a case manager today.
Parent/Teen conflicts can be a difficult but common part of the evolving relationship between parents and teens. ACCORD can help with Mediation specialized for the parent and teen relationship. Parent/Teen Mediation provides a safe place where parents and adolescents can discuss difficult issues with each other. Typical issues discussed in Parent/Teen Mediation include curfews, dating issues, schoolwork and/or attendance, and/or the rules that everyone in the house are expected to honor.
Do you know a child who is a victim of abuse and/or neglect? There are specially trained service providers to help you determine if your concerns are valid.
If you have any such concerns, please contact one of the resources listed below:
For information on child abuse and steps you can take toward prevention, please visit: