Q: Do we go to mediation?
I was served a summons for joint residential responsibility in North Dakota. I agree it should be joint. If I fill out the answer to the summons as I agree to all, do we then go to mediation to determine the details of said joint custody? Or does the court determine a parenting plan? i.e. what days they are with father and when they come back to me, allowing two consecutive weeks in summer to allow for vacation, most importantly: agreeing on any doctors, counselors, etc. the children see.
A: Mediation will help you settle remaining disputes without court intervention, which is beneficial to both parents, the children, and the court. Frankly, however, you should not be handling this on your own - there are too many "gotchya" laws that an result in unfair child support payments and interfere with your parenting time. Hire a family law attorney.
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