Brigitte G. Dutil, ATR, LPCC, LMFT
Co-Parenting / Child Custody Mediation
Mediation offers an objective viewpoint to help parents in understanding the emotional and
developmental needs of their children. Couples who attempt to resolve parenting difficulties are
most successful when they have learned effective ways of communicating with each other.
The goal of mediation is to reach a mutually acceptable Parenting Plan for you and your child, or
children, and to work cooperatively in the creation of options for parental consideration. The
mediator does not make any decisions; the parents do.
All issues pertaining to the Parenting Plan are negotiated in good faith. Therefore, it is essential
that both parents share all pertinent information in mediation. Meetings are held until resolution is
reached. A Parenting Plan Agreement is then prepared, signed by both parents, and filed with the
Nothing is signed unless both parents are in full agreement. Parents may also take the proposed
agreement to their attorneys for review before signing; or, either parent's attorney may prepare
and file the final agreement. Partial resolution may also be reached, with the remainder of issues
to be resolved by independent counsel and the court.
Family Mediator, Collaborative Divorce Professional
Parenting Plan Coordinator, Psychotherapist
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist LMFT42451
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor LPCC462
Registered Art Therapist ATR05-022