06/18/2013 03:32 pm ET

Three Rules For Negotiating Child Custody


Often times when I am hired to mediate during a child custody dispute alongside lawyers, I meet with parents who will do their best to convince everyone that they are saints while the other parent is the spawn of satan. Mostly, this message is implied and on rare occasions overtly stated. Such an attitude often gets in the way of making a healthy decision regarding what's best for the child or children involved, because it makes everyone involved uncomfortable and it slows down the process with disruptions. 

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